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Last Update on November 26, 2014 14:43 GMT

"DANCING WITH THE STARS"-ALFONSO WINS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The long wait is over for Alfonso Ribeiro. The "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" co-star says he's wanted to be on "Dancing With the Stars" since it went on the air nearly 10 years ago. Ribeiro not only made it onto the show, he's the new champ. The winner was crowned at the conclusion of last night's season finale. It came down to Ribeiro and "Duck Dynasty" teen Sadie Robertson. Janel Parrish finished third. Ribeiro had the inside lane going into the finale. He had two sets of perfect scores from the judges on Monday's program and got another in the final dance on last night's show. Ribeiro had tears streaming down his cheeks and says he can't believe it. Dancing with the Stars will be back with its 10th anniversary season in the spring.

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Jamie Friar, AP correspondent

"Dancing With the Stars" has a new champ. The AP's Jamie Friar watched as ABC's top rated reality show crowned the winner. ((opens with sound))

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Tom Bergeron

Host Tom Bergeron announces the Season 19 winners. ((note length of cut)) ((cut used in wrap)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Alfonso Riberio, winner

Alfonso Riberio says he wanted to be on "Dancing With the Stars" since the show started nearly 10 years ago. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Sadie Robertson, runner-up

Sadie Robertson says she can't believe she made it to the very end. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tom Bergeron

Host Tom Bergeron hands the mirrorball trophy to the winners. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's two weeks in a row for Virginia college student Ryan Sill. He's been in the bottom three on "The Voice" for the last two weeks. But last night he was saved again by the instant Twitter vote. Reagan James and Anita Antoinette aren't so lucky. They were eliminated. Team Blake is now down to just one singer. Both Team Gwen and Team Pharrell have two apiece. Team Adam hasn't lost anyone since the Top 12 started performing live. He still has three singers in the running.

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Excerpt of Ryan Sill, performing "Collide"

Excerpt of Ryan Sill performing "Collide." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani hopes viewers will want to keep Ryan Sill in the competition. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Carson Daly

Host Carson Daly announces the results of the instant Twitter vote. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

BILL COSBY'S PHILANTHROPY COMES INTO QUESTION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even the places where Bill Cosby made charitable donations are taking sides as he denies allegations he sexually assaulted several women. High Point University in North Carolina has removed Cosby from its board of advisers. The Berklee College of Music says it will no longer award an online scholarship in Cosby's name. However, no institutions have publicly renounced the tens of millions Cosby and his wife have donated over the years. Cosby gave $20 million to Spelman College in 1988, which was the largest donation at the time by a black donor to a historically black college. A Spelman spokeswoman says there have been no discussions about changes regarding Cosby's gift. Cosby and his wife have also made sizable donations to the Morehouse School of Medicine, the U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. Temple University says Cosby is still a trustee there.

SHIA LABEOUF CHECKS IN WITH COURT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shia LaBeouf (SHY'-uh luh-BUF') was in a New York City court yesterday to show proof he's been in treatment after he disrupted a Broadway performance of "Cabaret" in June. LaBeouf appeared in court for a status hearing. He was arrested after he attended a performance of "Cabaret" and yelled at the actors, swore at security guards and smoked throughout. If he stays in treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six, his case will be dismissed.

Country News

Last Update on November 26, 2014 08:05 GMT

MUSICIANS REACT TO NEWS OF FERGUSON GRAND JURY

NEW YORK (AP) -- The announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, is having repercussions in the music world. Garth Brooks writes on his Facebook page he called off his appearances in New York yesterday because he felt promoting his projects seemed "distasteful" while civil unrest is happening. He says he will make them up as the networks allow. Beyonce' has posted the statement from the Brown family on her website. Macklemore joined a protest in his hometown of Seattle. Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams tweets he's "heartbroken" over the news and prays for peace. Katy Perry tweets she's "praying for an equal America." Ted Nugent posted a profane message on Facebook that includes, "Don't let your kids growup to be thugs who think they can steal, assault and attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor."

BOB DYLAN PLAYS TO AUDIENCE OF ONE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bob Dylan played Philadelphia's Academy of Music on Sunday and one person showed up. Rolling Stone reports Fredrik Wikingsson was the lone audience member, and it was by design. The event was part of a Swedish film series called "Experiment Ensam," meaning "Experiment Alone," and it's about people experiencing things alone when usually there's a crowd. Dylan and his band were paid an undisclosed amount of money to play four songs for just Wikingsson. Wikingsson says during the second song he yelled out "You guys sound great!" and Dylan laughed. Wikingsson says the birth of his two children were great but making Dylan laugh onstage was "unbelievable." The 15-minute film will be released on YouTube on December 15.

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME'S SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE RISES AFTER AD

NEW YORK (AP) -- Waka Flocka Flame has gotten 7.3 million visits to his Facebook page in the 24 hours after his Pine Brothers cough drops ad ran during the American Music Awards Sunday. His team tells the New York Post the ad has been shared 45,000 times. Waka says he thinks it's pretty great everyone is talking about his moment during the AMAs when he wasn't even at the show. The ad shows Waka in a smoke-filled room talking about using the drops for minor throat irritation. A Pine Brothers spokesman says NBC and CBS banned the commercial, and he adds, "They're in the Stone Age, because there is nothing offensive about the ad."

RICK ROSS DROPS WEIGHT AND ALBUM

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rick Ross has dropped almost 100 pounds in the last seven months. He says he does a version of CrossFit he calls "Ross Fit" that involves a series of exercises in a 20-minute span. He also used to eat big meals at 2 a.m. because of his schedule but he cut that out. Ross also stopped eating bread, white rice and fish fillets and started drinking less, but he didn't cut out everything he loves. He owns nine Wingstop restaurants around the country and stops by at least twice a week. He also says he just went out for fried Oreos and fried velvet cake as a treat. Ross released his seventh album, "Hood Billionaire," this week.

KURT COBAIN DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS

NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time, Kurt Cobain's family has given the OK to a movie about him. The documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" was made with the cooperation of the family and draws on home movies, journals and other personal archives. It will also include Nirvana songs and previously unheard original music Cobain wrote. It will be released in theaters next year and then run on HBO. The film's director and producer is Brett Morgen, who also did the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" about The Rolling Stones.

LITTLE BIG TOWN EXPLAIN "GIRL CRUSH"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town had never heard the phrase "girl crush" before some Nashville songwriters presented him with a song by that name. Westbrook says it's not often that he's never heard of something before, which is why he was impressed. Bandmate Karen Fairchild went into the studio and Westbrook says she killed it. He says "Girl Crush" is one of his favorite songs.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says there's a song on their "Painkiller" album that threw him for a loop.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says "Girl Crush" blew him away when he first heard it because he never heard that phrase before.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says bandmate Karen Fairchild brought "Girl Crush" to life.

Rewind Time

November 26, 2014 08:05 GMT

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2014. There are 35 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 26, 1864, English mathematician and writer Charles Dodgson presented a handwritten and illustrated manuscript, "Alice's Adventures Under Ground," to his 12-year-old friend Alice Pleasance Liddell; the book was later revised and turned into "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

On this date:

In 1789, this was a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.

In 1825, the first college social fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Society, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

In 1842, the founders of the University of Notre Dame arrived at the school's present-day site near South Bend, Indiana.

In 1933, a judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could be published in the United States.

In 1941, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers left the Kuril Islands, headed toward Hawaii.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1. The motion picture "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea.

In 1965, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18-1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Senator John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.

In 1989, "America's Funniest Home Videos" debuted as a special on ABC-TV; it later became a successful regular series.

In 1992, the British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her children off the public payroll.

Ten years ago: Leading Iraqi politicians called for a six-month delay in the Jan. 30, 2005, election because of spiraling violence; President George W. Bush said, "The Iraqi Election Commission has scheduled elections in January, and I would hope they'd go forward in January." (The vote took place as scheduled.) French movie director Philippe de Broca ("King of Hearts") died at age 71.

Five years ago: An investigation ordered by Ireland's government found that Roman Catholic Church leaders in Dublin had spent decades sheltering child-abusing priests from the law and that most fellow clerics had turned a blind eye. John Jones, a 26-year-old medical student stuck upside-down in a cave in Utah for more than a day, died despite the efforts of dozens of rescuers to extract him.

One year ago: The U.S. flew two B-52 bombers over the East China Sea, defying Beijing's move to assert greater military control over the area's disputed islands. Pope Francis denounced the global financial system that excluded the poor as he issued the mission statement for his papacy. Actress-singer Jane Kean, 90, best known for playing Trixie in a musicalized revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died in Burbank, California. Actor Tony Musante, 77, who'd starred in the ABC series "Toma" in the 1970s, died in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Ellen Albertini Dow is 101. Impressionist Rich Little is 76. Singer Tina Turner is 75. Singer Jean Terrell is 70. Pop musician John McVie is 69. Actress Marianne Muellerleile is 66. Actor Scott Jacoby is 58. Actress Jamie Rose is 55. Country singer Linda Davis is 52. Actor Scott Adsit is 49. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 49. Country singer-musician Steve Grisaffe is 49. Actress Kristin Bauer is 41. Actor Peter Facinelli is 41. Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge is 40. Actress Maia (MY'-ah) Campbell is 38. Country singer Joe Nichols is 38. Contemporary Christian musicians Anthony and Randy Armstrong (Red) are 36. Actress Jessica Bowman is 34. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 33. Country singer-musician Mike Gossin (Gloriana Rock) is 30. Ben Wysocki (The Fray) is 30. Singer Lil Fizz is 29. Singer Aubrey Collins is 27.

Thought for Today: "Don't for heaven's sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-born philosopher (1889-1951).

Rock News

Last Update on November 26, 2014 08:05 GMT

MUSICIANS REACT TO NEWS OF FERGUSON GRAND JURY

NEW YORK (AP) -- The announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, is having repercussions in the music world. Garth Brooks writes on his Facebook page he called off his appearances in New York yesterday because he felt promoting his projects seemed "distasteful" while civil unrest is happening. He says he will make them up as the networks allow. Beyonce' has posted the statement from the Brown family on her website. Macklemore joined a protest in his hometown of Seattle. Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams tweets he's "heartbroken" over the news and prays for peace. Katy Perry tweets she's "praying for an equal America." Ted Nugent posted a profane message on Facebook that includes, "Don't let your kids growup to be thugs who think they can steal, assault and attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor."

BOB DYLAN PLAYS TO AUDIENCE OF ONE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bob Dylan played Philadelphia's Academy of Music on Sunday and one person showed up. Rolling Stone reports Fredrik Wikingsson was the lone audience member, and it was by design. The event was part of a Swedish film series called "Experiment Ensam," meaning "Experiment Alone," and it's about people experiencing things alone when usually there's a crowd. Dylan and his band were paid an undisclosed amount of money to play four songs for just Wikingsson. Wikingsson says during the second song he yelled out "You guys sound great!" and Dylan laughed. Wikingsson says the birth of his two children were great but making Dylan laugh onstage was "unbelievable." The 15-minute film will be released on YouTube on December 15.

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME'S SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE RISES AFTER AD

NEW YORK (AP) -- Waka Flocka Flame has gotten 7.3 million visits to his Facebook page in the 24 hours after his Pine Brothers cough drops ad ran during the American Music Awards Sunday. His team tells the New York Post the ad has been shared 45,000 times. Waka says he thinks it's pretty great everyone is talking about his moment during the AMAs when he wasn't even at the show. The ad shows Waka in a smoke-filled room talking about using the drops for minor throat irritation. A Pine Brothers spokesman says NBC and CBS banned the commercial, and he adds, "They're in the Stone Age, because there is nothing offensive about the ad."

RICK ROSS DROPS WEIGHT AND ALBUM

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rick Ross has dropped almost 100 pounds in the last seven months. He says he does a version of CrossFit he calls "Ross Fit" that involves a series of exercises in a 20-minute span. He also used to eat big meals at 2 a.m. because of his schedule but he cut that out. Ross also stopped eating bread, white rice and fish fillets and started drinking less, but he didn't cut out everything he loves. He owns nine Wingstop restaurants around the country and stops by at least twice a week. He also says he just went out for fried Oreos and fried velvet cake as a treat. Ross released his seventh album, "Hood Billionaire," this week.

KURT COBAIN DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS

NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time, Kurt Cobain's family has given the OK to a movie about him. The documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" was made with the cooperation of the family and draws on home movies, journals and other personal archives. It will also include Nirvana songs and previously unheard original music Cobain wrote. It will be released in theaters next year and then run on HBO. The film's director and producer is Brett Morgen, who also did the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" about The Rolling Stones.

LITTLE BIG TOWN EXPLAIN "GIRL CRUSH"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town had never heard the phrase "girl crush" before some Nashville songwriters presented him with a song by that name. Westbrook says it's not often that he's never heard of something before, which is why he was impressed. Bandmate Karen Fairchild went into the studio and Westbrook says she killed it. He says "Girl Crush" is one of his favorite songs.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says there's a song on their "Painkiller" album that threw him for a loop.

<<CUT ..014 (11/26/14)>> 00:10 "things like that"

Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says "Girl Crush" blew him away when he first heard it because he never heard that phrase before.

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Jimi Westbrook, musician with Little Big Town

Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town says bandmate Karen Fairchild brought "Girl Crush" to life.

Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- He is to perform tonight in Oakland, California. But it's an incident that took place Wednesday that has Katt Williams in the news today. He's has been arrested after a man told Oakland police Williams whacked him upside the head with a bottle. Authorities say the comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of assault -- but later released after he and several witnesses were questioned. The victim says he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel. The man was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. Williams is 41 and is known for his HBO comedy special and movie roles including "Friday After Next" and "Norbit.."

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy was a super storm. And some musical superstars are teaming up to help fight back against it. Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and others will be among those who will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden for next month's benefit concert. The arena says Billy Joel and The Who will also take part in the event, called "12-12-12." Other performers will be added to the list. The show -- set for December 12 -- will benefit a fund that helps those affected by Sandy, which pounded the New York City and New Jersey areas.

Online:

Madison Square Garden site: http://www.thegarden.com

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually showing up late for a date will get you a less-than-warm reception. But Rihanna got cheers -- even though she was two hours behind schedule for her performance in Mexico City the other night. She started what's known as her "777" tour with an exclusive party for about 2,000 fans. She thanked fans for their patience, saying their hanging in there until she showed up Wednesday night really made her "feel loved." The concert swing will see Rihanna perform seven shows in seven days in seven different cities. Stops on the tour include Toronto, Paris, Berlin and London before ending up in New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has already won a lot of awards during her career. But she says her career isn't about collecting hardware to put in her trophy case. She says the biggest draw for her being awards shows is performing before a live audience at the venue and on TV. She says that's what she will be looking forward to at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She says she has been at awards shows where she totally forgot she was up for a nomination -- until her name was read off as a winner. The way she sees it, if she keeps making good music, the awards will take care of herself. If you should happen to run into Nicki between now and Sunday, you can remind her she's up for four nominations at the AMAs.

Nicki Minaj says she's more excited about performing at award shows than she is at winning trophies.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj says she doesn't do music for awards, but figures if she's good enough during her career she'll get her share.

RIHANNA/NICKI MINAJ: LEAD GOING INTO SUNDAY'S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way when it comes to nominations at Sunday's American Music Awards. Each singer has four nods going into the event. Other multiple nominees include two guys who have been reportedly fighting for Rihanna's attention lately -- Drake has three while Chris Brown has two nods. Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber, Usher, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC.

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of nominees for Sunday's American Music Awards. The event will aired live on ABC from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

-- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

-- Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

-- Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

-- Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

-- Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

-- Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

-- Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

-- Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

-- Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

-- Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

-- Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

-- Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige,,Rihanna.

-- Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

-- Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

-- Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

-- Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

-- Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

-- Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

DETROIT (AP) -- They most recently were known as the Frederick Douglass Homes in Detroit. But back in the day they were known as the Brewster projects. And that was the place where Diana Ross and the Supremes grew up. Now, the housing project is about to become another memory. Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the demolition of the massive high rise apartment buildings could start early next year. The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Bing says he knows the former Brewster projects have "a lot of history" -- but has since "become an eyesore."

WILL SMITH/USHER: AMONG NOMINEES FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The People's Choice Award nominations are out. And Usher and Will Smith are among the nominees. Usher is up for best R&B act while Smith is among the male actors up for honors. Other nominees include Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pitbull and Jay-Z. Fans vote for the winners -- and you can vote on any of the 48 categories through December 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for January 9, 2013 -- and broadcast on CBS.

Online:

People's Choice Awards site: http://www.peopleschoice.com

Sound of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performing "One More Night," nominated for Favorite Song.

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Sound of Justin Bieber

Sound of Justin Bieber singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift singing "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together," up for Favorite Song.

THE X FACTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rappers Lyric 145 were the first to go on last night's "X Factor." Lyric Da Queen says they didn't get an opportunity to do what they do best -- including rap. But she says you have to take the good with the bad. Later in the show, Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia had a sing-off. Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote, sending Jennel home. Thirteen-year-old Diamond White is still in the running. And the top three on the leaderboard remain unchanged: Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Vino Alan (ah-LAHN').

Lyric Da Queen says they had a lot more to show the world. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell casts the deciding vote, after the sing-off between Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tate Stevens, contestant

Tate Stevens thanks his fans for keeping him in the top spot. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

GABBY DOUGLAS: MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Fierce Five and other members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama. The gymnasts met with the president in the Oval Office before huddling together in the chill outside to watch his helicopter lift off. Obama was headed to New York to tour storm damage. The gymnasts, including Gabby Douglas -- won gold at the summer Olympics. They signed leotards to give to the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: FORMER NBA STAR ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after what appears to be a case of domestic violence. She is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police in Atlanta says the incident happened after Holdsclaw followed Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Lacy identifies Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend. The two were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. Holdsclaw was in custody last night under $10,000 bond on charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

LUTHER VANDROSS: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Luther Vandross won two American Music Awards. He won for favorite soul/R&B male artist and soul/R&B album for "Dance With My Father." The album came out about a month after Vandross suffered a massive stroke. His mom accepted for the singer and apologized that her son couldn't be there in person. Vandross died earlier this year from complications from the stroke. Other winners included Aaliyah and 50 Cent.

MISSY ELLIOTT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Missy Elliott won an American Music Award but lost her ride to the show. She won for favorite rap/hip-hop female artist but wasn't there to pick it up. She showed up later and told the audience her limo was stolen from her hotel and she had to get to the show on her own. She went on to tell the audience she needed to bum a ride back to her hotel.

MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1989, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show." The singer popped on stage to present an MTV viewers' poll award to comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Murphy reciprocated by presenting Jackson with the video award from the same poll.

O.V. WRIGHT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1980, R&B singer O.V. Wright died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 41. He had many hits for the Back Beat label in the 1960's and 70's, the biggest of which was "Ace of Spades."

LISA BONET/LENNY KRAVITZ: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1987, actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') and musician Lenny Kravitz got married. They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1993.

LISA BONET: BIRTHDAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') has a birthday today. She's 45. She first rose to fame as one of the Cosby kids on "The Cosby Show." In the show, she left home to go off to college and ended up on a spinoff show, "A Different World," which she left after just a year. She also starred in the 1987 movie "Angel Heart."

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