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Last Update on September 17, 2014 07:17 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Breakups are rarely easy. And the split between CBS and Rihanna has the marks of a messy one. The network has cut "Run This Town" from its Thursday night NFL telecasts. But it's unclear whose decision it was. CBS says the decision was in part because of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and Rihanna's own beating by Chris Brown in 2009. Rihanna's bosses at Jay-Z's Roc Nation Company says it decided to yank the song. And Rihanna is unhappy. She feels CBS abandoned her-- and punished her for being the victim of domestic abuse at a time her past would have come up in the context of the Rice case. In her tweet, she used a profanity toward the network -- and after the tweet, the league spiked the song.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports CBS cut a song featuring Rihanna from its Thursday night NFL broadcasts.

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Here's a bit of Rihanna performing "Run This Town" along with Jay-Z. CBS has pulled the song from the opening of its Thursday night NFL telecasts.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Octavia Spencer says after getting an Oscar, she was offered plenty of roles for TV shows. But she says she wanted to be in an ensemble -- but not a sitcom. That's what she has in her new show "Red Band Society," which makes its debut tonight. Spencer plays the head nurse in the show -- which is a dramedy following the progress of a group of long-term patients in a children's hospital. Spencer says after winning an Oscar, she doesn't feel the need to be the focal point of a series. As she put it: "I have the prize in the Cracker Jack box. I don't need to be the prize."

Octavia Spencer says the action in "Red Band Society" centers on the young actors in the cast.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer says she passed up offers to do leading roles on TV because she favors ensemble casts.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer says after winning an Oscar for "The Help," she doesn't feel the need to have to carry a project.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk about what might have been. Jerry Seinfeld says Joan Rivers had agreed to do an episode of his digital series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." But before she could do the piece, the comedian pulled out -- because she was going to have a medical procedure. It never happened. Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a throat procedure on August 28 -- and died a week later. In a post on his show's Facebook page, Seinfeld says he hoped the appearance would give Rivers a chance to show the public another side of her -- and to tell her how much he appreciated her work.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Jerry Seinfeld says he had good reasons for wanting Joan Rivers on his Internet show.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dancing is a no-go for Lolo. Olympian and track star Lolo Jones is the first to be voted off Season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars." She had the lowest combined scores from the judges and viewers following her cha-cha Monday night. Jones says she was distracted by a text message just before performing. But she has no hard feelings. Jones says fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who was also in the bottom two, deserves to come back next week. The 72-year-old Johnson was tripped up by a feather boa during her performance.

Lolo Jones, contestant voted off

Lolo Jones says she has no hard feelings about second lowest vote-getter Betsey Johnson getting to come back next week. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of "Dancing With the Stars" theme

Here's the "Dancing With the Stars" theme. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))


UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- He's been in the movies. But Leonardo DiCaprio has long been involved in making the environment better. And it was for those efforts that the actor has been named a U.N. Messenger of Peace. The U.N. Secretary-General announced DiCaprio will be taking part in a special effort to address climate change. Other U.N. peace messengers include Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas and George Clooney.

Rewind Time

September 17, 2014 07:12 GMT

Today is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.

On this date:

In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1862, more than 3,600 men were killed in the Civil War Battle of Antietam (an-TEE'-tum) in Maryland.

In 1908, Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge of the U.S. Army Signal Corps became the first person to die in the crash of a powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer, at Fort Myer, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

In 1937, the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln's head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands. (After initial success, the Allies were beaten back by the Germans.)

In 1954, the novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding was first published by Faber & Faber of London.

In 1964, the James Bond movie "Goldfinger," starring Sean Connery, premiered in London. The fantasy sitcom "Bewitched," starring Elizabeth Montgomery, debuted on ABC-TV.

In 1971, citing health reasons, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, 85, retired. (Black, who was succeeded by Lewis F. Powell Jr., died eight days after making his announcement.)

In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.

In 1984, Progressive Conservative leader Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO'-nee) took office as Canada's 18th prime minister.

In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama was crowned the first deaf Miss America.

In 2011, a demonstration calling itself Occupy Wall Street began in New York, prompting similar protests around the U.S. and the world.

Ten years ago: President Vladimir Putin said Russia was "seriously preparing" for pre-emptive strikes against terrorists, as Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev took responsibility for a school hostage-taking and other attacks that had claimed more than 430 lives. San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit the 700th home run of his career, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone (San Francisco beat San Diego, 4-1).

Five years ago: President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a long-planned missile shield for Eastern Europe, replacing a Bush-era project that was bitterly opposed by Russia with a plan he contended would better defend against a growing threat of Iranian missiles. An 18-year-old man armed with an ax, knives and Molotov cocktails attacked his high school in Ansbach, Germany, injuring nine students and a teacher before being shot and arrested. Police in New Haven, Connecticut, charged Raymond Clark III, a Yale animal lab technician, with murdering graduate student Annie Le (lay). (Clark later pleaded guilty to the killing, and was sentenced to 44 years in prison.)

One year ago: Engineers declared success as the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during an unprecedented, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it had capsized off Tuscany in 2012. Eiji Toyoda (cq), 100, a member of Toyota's founding family who helped create the super-efficient "Toyota Way" production method, died in Toyota city, Japan. Singer-songwriter Marvin Rainwater, 88, died in Minneapolis.

Today's Birthdays: Actor David Huddleston is 84. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is 81. Retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is 75. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 79. Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni is 71. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is 69. Singer Fee Waybill is 64. Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark") is 63. Comedian Rita Rudner is 61. Muppeteer Kevin Clash (former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street") is 54. Director-actor Paul Feig is 52. Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 52. Singer BeBe Winans is 52. Actor Kyle Chandler is 49. Director-producer Bryan Singer is 49. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 48. Actor Malik Yoba is 47. Rock musician Keith Flint (Prodigy) is 45. Actor Matthew Settle is 45. Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) is 44. Actor Felix Solis is 43. Rock singer Anastacia is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) is 41. Actress-singer Nona Gaye is 40. Singer-actor Constantine Maroulis is 39. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is 39. Pop singer Maile (MY'-lee) Misajon (Eden's Crush) is 38. Country singer-songwriter Stephen Cochran is 35. Rock musician Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) is 35. Actor Billy Miller is 35. Country singer Desi Wasdin (3 of Hearts) is 31. Rock musician Jon Walker is 29. Actress-singer Denyse Tontz is 20.

Thought for Today: "The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love." -- W. Somerset Maugham, English author and dramatist (1874-1965).

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