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COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- There are a lot of conflicting accounts about what happened yesterday when Suge (SHUG) Knight was behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit two men, killing one of them. It happened in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, California -- and authorities are investigating the case as a homicide. A sheriff's department lieutenant says accounts from witnesses say it appeared Knight's vehicle deliberately hit the men. But Knight's lawyer says his client was being attacked physically -- and the men who were hit were struck as he was trying to flee. The lawyer says he's sure Knight will be cleared once the investigation is complete.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Suge Knight has had a number of run-ins with the law.
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Oscar Wells Gabriel
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports there are conflicting accounts about what happened when Suge Knight allegedly hit two men while behind the wheel of a pickup truck.
<<CUT ..032 (01/30/15)>> 00:17 "being auctioned off"
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Suge Knight was a major part of the hip-hop scene back in the day.
<<CUT ..033 (01/30/15)>> 00:12 "in that case"
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Suge Knight has had his share of beefs with people over the years.
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A fatal incident involving a big figure in the rap industry. Details on this from AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel.
<<CUT ..002 (01/30/15)>> 00:16 "friend of Knight's"
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is said to have been the driver in a fatal car incident.
<<CUT ..003 (01/30/15)>> 00:12 "belongs to him"
Lt. John Corina, Los Angeles Country Sheriff's Department
County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina says a truck believed to be owned by Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was involved in a fatal hit and run incident. ((Suge is pronounced SHUG))
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County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina says it appears the incident was not an accident.
<<CUT ..005 (01/30/15)>> 00:11 "and do that"
County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina says Suge Knight's attorney has told police he is trying to talk him into turning himself in. ((Suge is pronounced SHUG))
<<CUT ..006 (01/30/15)>> 00:07 "then taking off"
County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina says the driver of a pickup truck drove backward and struck the victims and drove forward and struck them again.
<<CUT ..007 (01/30/15)>> 00:11 "on the curb"
Denise Mazzei (muh-ZAY'), security guard, Rite Aid
Drug store security guard Denise Massei describes seeing first responders rush to the scene.
<<CUT ..008 (01/30/15)>> 00:06 "that was shocking"
Robert Smith, witness
Witness Robert Smith says he was eating in a nearby restaurant when the incident happened.
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Katy Perry may say she's no football fan -- but she sure keeps tabs on the NFL. That was clear when she went before reporters yesterday to talk up her Super Bowl halftime appearance. She referred to the two big stories to come out during the two-week run-up to the game. She took on the controversy over allegations that the New England Patriots doctored footballs used in the AFC title game. Perry promises that nothing she does during the halftime show will be deflated. And she tapped into her inner Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks star who won't chat up reporters. Asked about her personal life, she uttered Lynch's now-famous line: "I'm here so I don't get fined."
Katy Perry was asked her opinion about the allegations that the Patriots altered footballs.
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Katy Perry, singer, Super Bowl halftime show headliner
Katy Perry says she's promising an eye-popping halftime performance.
<<CUT ..012 (01/30/15)>> 00:08 "this is exciting"
Katy Perry says she's amused that even Las Vegas is scrutinizing her halftime show.
<<CUT ..013 (01/30/15)>> 00:04 "don't get fined (laughter fades)"
Katy Perry was asked if she's got her eye on any players.
PHOENIX (AP) -- First, reporters complained Marshawn Lynch wouldn't speak. But now that he has, few in the media like what he said about them. The Seattle Seahawks running back lit into the media yesterday -- ranting about why he doesn't talk to them. He says no matter what the media say about him, all that matters to him -- is his family.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch says he won't answer questions, no matter what.
<<CUT ..208 (01/29/15)>> 00:10 "say about me"
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch says he's unsure why the media are so intent on getting him to talk.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Spike Lee is a fan of New York sports -- and not a fan of Boston teams. So you probably don't have to ask who he wants to win the Super Bowl. Lee says he was happy when the Seattle Seahawks won last year and hopes the same thing will happen this year -- especially since the opponent is the New England Patriots. Lee also says he doesn't need an NFL investigation to figure out what happened in "Deflategate." He says: "where there's smoke, there's fire." Lee also notes the Pats were busted for videotaping the New York Jets' signals during a 2007 game. Lee's comments came in Park City, Utah, where he was attending the Sundance Film Festival.
Spike Lee explains why he believes the New England Patriots are guilty in the "deflategate" scandal.
<<CUT ..016 (01/30/15)>> 00:11 "the evidence destroyed?"
Spike Lee says he has been suspicious about the Patriots because they spied on opponents.
<<CUT ..017 (01/30/15)>> 00:11 "in Glendale, Arizona"
Spike Lee says he's rooting for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- More than 200 wanna-be "America Idols" get golden tickets to Hollywood this season. The final auditions were in San Francisco on last night's episode. Among those moving on are a Malibu blonde, a 15-year-old boy learning to cope with his changing voice, and a guy whose father abandoned him in Africa. Sixteen-year-old Tyanna Jones was the last singer to get a golden ticket. She should have no trouble with the crowded conditions of Hollywood Week. Tyanna is one of 11 kids in her family, which was homeless for a time. Harry Connick Jr. says she's a special young lady. Hollywood Week begins next week on Idol.
The judges feel 16-year-old Tyanna Jones will only get better. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. says Tyanna Jones' audition was outstanding. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Excerpt of "American Idol" theme
Excerpt of "American Idol" theme. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Amy Poehler jokes that when she was growing up in Massachusetts, she used to flip the bird whenever she'd pass Harvard University. So she says she was surprised when she heard she was named the Hasty Pudding Theatricals student group's Woman of the Year. She got a parade and roast yesterday. Her "Parks and Recreation" co-star Chris Pratt is getting the Man of the Year honor -- and will have his own parade and roast next week.
Comedienne Amy Poehler jokes about the prestige of the Hasty Pudding "Woman of the Year" award.
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Amy Poehler, comedienne
Comedienne Amy Poehler jokes that she'll likely see members of Harvard's Hasty Pudding troupe again, in the future.
<<CUT ..021 (01/30/15)>> 00:17 "I've met already"
Comedienne Amy Poehler says she does appreciate the award from Harvard's Hasty Pudding troupe. ((note length of cut))
January 31, 2015 08:09 GMT
Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year.
Today's Highlights in History:
On Jan. 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery, sending it to states for ratification. (The amendment was adopted in Dec. 1865.) Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate States Army by President Jefferson Davis.
On this date:
In 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.
In 1797, composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna.
In 1915, entertainer and TV personality Garry Moore was born in Baltimore.
In 1929, revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family were expelled from the Soviet Union.
In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Gold Reserve Act.
In 1945, Pvt. Eddie Slovik, 24, became the first U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion as he was shot by an American firing squad in France.
In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.
In 1961, NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recovered safely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16 1/2-minute suborbital flight.
In 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
In 1980, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands announced she would abdicate on her birthday the following April, to be succeeded by her daughter, Princess Beatrix.
In 1990, McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.
In 2000, an Alaska Airlines MD-83 jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Port Hueneme (wy-NEE'-mee), California, killing all 88 people aboard.
Ten years ago: Jury selection began in Santa Maria, California, for Michael Jackson's child molestation trial. (Jackson was later acquitted.) SBC Communications Inc. announced it was acquiring AT&T Corp. for $16 billion.
Five years ago: The annual World Economic Forum concluded a five-day meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with widespread agreement that a fragile recovery was under way but no consensus on what was going to spur job growth. Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for a fourth Australian Open championship. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34 in the Pro Bowl, played ahead of the Super Bowl for the first time. Beyonce became the first woman to win six Grammy Awards in one night; Taylor Swift won four Grammys, including album of the year, for "Fearless."
One year ago: The long-delayed, controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle toward approval as the U.S. State Department reported no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion project. A week of peace talks aimed at stemming Syria's civil war ended in Geneva with no concrete progress.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Carol Channing is 94. Composer Philip Glass is 78. Former Interior Secretary James Watt is 77. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the former queen regent, is 77. Actor Stuart Margolin is 75. Actress Jessica Walter is 74. Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is 74. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 71. Actor Glynn Turman is 69. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan is 68. Actor Jonathan Banks (TV: "Breaking Bad") is 68. Singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band) is 64. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 59. Actress Kelly Lynch is 56. Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 56. Singer-musician Lloyd Cole is 54. Rock musician Al Jaworski (Jesus Jones) is 49. Actress Minnie Driver is 45. Actress Portia de Rossi is 42. Actor-comedian Bobby Moynihan is 38. Actress Kerry Washington is 38. Singer Justin Timberlake is 34. Actor Tyler Ritter is 30. Country singer Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) is 28. Folk-rock singer-musician Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) is 28.
Thought for Today: "We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing." -- R.D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1989).
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