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Last Update on September 22, 2014 07:21 GMT

BOX OFFICE-"MAZE RUNNER" WINS

NEW YORK (AP) -- A young adult novel made into a movie has gotten off to a good start. "The Maze Runner" was the top movie this past weekend at the box office, taking in $32.5 million in its debut weekend. Finishing second was "A Walk Among the Tombstones," followed by "This Is Where I Leave You." Dropping to fourth is "No Good Deed," followed by "Dolphin Tale 2."

It's the start of a new movie franchise. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office numbers.

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Sound of excerpt from "The Maze Runner," which was tops at the weekend box office.

"NO GOOD DEED"-ELBA / HENSON

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taraji P. Henson says the crew of "No Good Deed" spent a lot of time together in the evenings. But they were working, not playing. Henson says she did many of the fight scenes at night, after the actors were already tired from a long day. She says "it was the most challenging" thing she has ever done. Idris Elba says shooting at night helped bring tension to the set and that made the scenes more realistic.

Taraji P. Henson says the fight scenes were challenging.

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba says shooting at night, when the actors were tired, was tricky.

"THE VOICE" RETURNS

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) -- The coaches may not be the only people who need to be fast on the button on "The Voice." Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani say the network censors may have to have their bleep buttons handy -- because of Levine. Stefani says she's been around guys all her life -- but that Levine is "nasty and naughty and dirty and disgusting." And if that weren't enough, she adds that Levine "really has no filter." For his part, Levine agrees. He says he doesn't care what he says because "people find a way to get mad at you" no matter what you say -- so he'd rather be "gross and funny and outlandish." The seventh season of "The Voice" begins tonight, with Pharrell Williams joining Stefani as newcomers along with returning coaches Levine and Blake Shelton.

Gwen Stefani says Adam Levine is not what she expected.

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Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams and Gwen Stefani, musicians

Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani were asked if "The Voice" was anything like they expected.

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Blake Shelton, musician

Blake Shelton says Pharrell Williams utlizes his nice-guy personality ruthlessly. (refers to musician and fellow "The Voice" judge Adam Levine) ((not length of cut))

PHARRELL WILLIAMS-HAPPY-IRAN

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Pharrell Williams said he was upset that Iranian teenagers were arrested for doing a video in which they performed his Oscar-nominated song "Happy." Now, there has been a legal resolution in the case. Authorities in Iran have sentenced the six dancers -- and their director -- to suspended sentences. Part of the sentence: a set of 91 lashes each, in part for violating Islamic moral standards. In the case of the video, part of the violation was that members of the opposite sex were seen dancing without the women having the required head covering. The sentences won't be imposed if those involved stay out of trouble for the next six years.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports there has been a sentence in a case in which young Iranians were arrested for dancing on a video to Pharrell Williams' "Happy."

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"RED BAND SOCIETY"-BUS ADS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's the end of the line for some ads promoting the new Fox TV series "Red Band Society." Transit officials in Los Angeles are pulling the ads from nearly 200 buses after people complained they were sexist and racist. The ads in question show the cast in front of a wall -- with graffiti describing each character. The character played by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer uses the "b-word" to describe her. One person who complained to transit officials said she didn't know whether she found the ads more offensive because she's a woman -- or because she's black.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports bus ads promoting a new TV show are being pulled in Los Angeles. ((note contents))

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RUBY DEE-MEMORIAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- She entertained in a variety of ways. So it was no surprise that those paying tribute to Ruby Dee used poetry, dance and song to honor her memory. The Saturday event included a performance of the song "Superwoman" by Alicia Keys -- and actor Courtney B. Vance called the three-hour ceremony "an absolute celebration." Among those sending a message were President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. In a letter read by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, the Obamas praised her for living an "extraordinary life" and for "throwing open the doors of opportunities." Harry Belafonte delivered the eulogy via video.

Ruby Dee's daughter, Hasna Muhammad, touchingly recalled how the actress and activist was also a mother.

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Sound of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, performing "This Little Light of Mine" with Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia

Sound of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, performing "This Little Light of Mine" with Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia, at memorial service for Ruby Dee.

"GOTHAM"-PREMIERE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Who knew? The villain known as The Penguin in the "Batman" series has a real name. And yeah, we'll tell you: it's Oswald Cobblepot -- which probably explains why he was such a bad guy. But the guy who plays the Penguin in the TV series "Gotham" says he's been inspired versions of the avian agitator done by Danny DeVito and Burgess Meredith. Gotham sets itself as a prequel to the Batman series we've seen in the movies. Robin Lord Taylor says he imagines that The Penguin was teased by other kids, which probably explains how he turned out. Gotham's premiere is tonight on Fox.

Country News

Last Update on September 22, 2014 07:21 GMT

RANDY TRAVIS ATTENDS FUNDRAISER

DENISON, Tex. (AP) -- Randy Travis has made a rare public appearance since having a stroke last year. KXII-TV reports Travis and his fiancee', Mary Davis, showed up to the Four Rivers Outreach fundraising banquet in Denison, Texas, on Thursday. Travis did not want to speak on camera because he's still recovering. Davis says Travis is not bedridden anymore and just started walking with a walking stick rather than a cane. She says they feel blessed to be where they are today. Travis suffered congestive heart failure last year and then had a stroke.

KEYSHIA COLE ARRESTED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation Friday in Los Angeles. Police say Cole was arrested around 5 a.m. after someone initiated a private person's arrest. No other details were given. Cole was released from custody Friday afternoon. A request for comment to her publicist was not answered.

AARON LEWIS GETS STUCK IN THE MUD

WARTON, Tex. (AP) -- Aaron Lewis is fine after his charter plane took an unexpected turn on takeoff in Warton, Texas, on Saturday. His publicist says Lewis' plane veered off the taxiway and got stuck in the mud. He was in Warton chasing teal duck for his "On The Road" reality hunting show and was on his way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to open for Brantley Gilbert. Lewis had to call off his concert appearance.

LADY GAGA CUTS BACK TO KEEP HAPPY

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Lady Gaga is one of the top pop stars in the world, and for a while, she was miserable. She says during the making of her "ARTPOP" record, she had a difficult schedule that left her tired all the time and unable to be creative. She says she respects her former management, but they were focused on making as much money as possible and that's not where her heart is. Lady Gaga also had to deal with the pain in her hip that led to surgery and what she calls "the pain of fame." She says money makes people crazy and she saw that in the people around her. Now, she says she's in a "very happy time" in her life and more sober than she's ever been.

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Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says her disagreements with her former management did not give her enough time to be creative.

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Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says her former managers wanted to have her working all the time.

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Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says she was very tired making her "ARTPOP" record, and a lot of people criticized it.

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Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says she had to deal with the pain that led to her hip surgery during the "Born This Way Ball" tour, as well as what she calls the pain of fame.

"THE VOICE" STARTS A NEW SEASON WITH PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND GWEN STEFANI

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The way Blake Shelton tells it, Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams is a diabolical nice guy. Shelton says Williams is friendly and thoughtful and he uses that to get into contestants' heads on "The Voice." Shelton says that makes them choose Williams as a coach instead of Shelton. Gwen Stefani says she's been shocked before, but that was before she worked with Adam Levine on "The Voice." She says Levine is "nasty and naughty and dirty and disgusting" and has no filter to what he says. "The Voice," featuring Shelton, Levine, Williams and Stefani as coaches, premieres tonight on NBC.

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Gwen Stefani, musician

Gwen Stefani says it's no big deal being the only female judge on "The Voice."

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Gwen Stefani, musician

Gwen Stefani says Adam Levine is not what she expected.

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Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams and Gwen Stefani, musicians

Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani were asked if "The Voice" was anything like they expected.

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Blake Shelton, musician

Blake Shelton says Pharrell Williams utlizes his nice-guy personality ruthlessly. (refers to musician and fellow "The Voice" judge Adam Levine) ((not length of cut))

DOUG E FRESH HONORED AT BET HIP-HOP AWARDS

ATLANTA (AP) -- Doug E Fresh couldn't keep back the tears as he received the "I Am Hip-Hop" Award at the BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday in Atlanta. Fresh told the crowd his mother had Alzheimer's disease and died five months ago. He said he wanted to thank "this woman and hip-hop," and "If it wasn't for hip-hop, I don't know where I would be." DJ Mustard won producer of the year, and Future won Best Club Banger for "Move That Dope." Other awards will be announced at a later date. The show airs October 14.

JERROD NIEMANN ASKS FOR DONATIONS RATHER THAN WEDDING GIFTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jerrod Niemann and his fiancee' have just one thing on their wedding registry: charitable donations. Niemann and his bride, Morgan Patek, are asking for donations to Free The Music USA instead of gifts. It's a charity Niemann created to give musical instruments to kids who can't afford them. Niemann and Patek plan to marry in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October.

"FROZEN" SOUNDTRACK MELTS IN SALES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The "Frozen" soundtrack has finally fallen out of the top 10 for album sales. Billboard reports the soundtrack is number 13 this week after 39 straight weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. It first hit the top 10 on December 28. It's sold 3.4 million copies since its release last November and it's 2014's top-selling album.

QUEEN AND MICHAEL JACKSON TRACK TO BE RELEASED

LONDON (AP) -- A long-lost track featuring Queen and Michael Jackson will finally see the light of day. Queen singer Freddie Mercury wrote "There Must Be More To Life Than This" during the 1981 "Hot Space" sessions. The band recorded a backing track, and Mercury recorded with Jackson at his home, but the track was never finished. Queen revisited it during the 1984 "The Works" sessions but again didn't finish it. Mercury did his own version for his "Mr. Bad Guy" solo record in 1985. Producer William Orbit has mixed the track, and it will be included in the "Queen Forever" album. It comes out November 10 and also features two other previously unreleased Queen songs.

BILLY JOEL HELPS WITH BAY CLEANUP

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) -- Billy Joel isn't just complaining about garbage. He's doing something about it. New York's Newsday reports Joel was one of the participants at the Oyster Bay Beach and Harbor Cleanup. Joel says he's got firsthand experience seeing what kind of garbage is thrown in the bay because he sees it washing up by his house.

Rewind Time

September 22, 2014 07:21 GMT

Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:29 p.m. Eastern time.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Capt. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

On this date:

In 1761, Britain's King George III and his wife, Charlotte, were crowned in Westminster Abbey.

In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.

In 1911, pitcher Cy Young, 44, gained his 511th and final career victory as he hurled a 1-0 shutout for the Boston Rustlers against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.

In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago.

In 1938, the musical comedy revue "Hellzapoppin'," starring Ole (OH'-lee) Olsen and Chic Johnson, began a three-year run on Broadway.

In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb.

In 1950, Omar N. Bradley was promoted to the rank of five-star general, joining an elite group that included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall and Henry H. "Hap" Arnold.

In 1964, the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," starring Zero Mostel, opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances. The secret agent series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, premiered on NBC-TV.

In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed. (Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on Dec. 31, 2007.)

In 1989, the Irish Republican Army bombed the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent, England, killing 11 band members. Songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101.

In 1994, the situation comedy "Friends" debuted on NBC-TV.

Ten years ago: British hostage Kenneth Bigley, 62, appeared on a video posted on an Islamic Web site weeping and pleading for his life (Bigley was later beheaded by his captors). In Haiti, the death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne topped 1,000. CBS-owned stations were fined a total of $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for Janet Jackson's exposed right breast during the Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) halftime show (however, a federal appeals court twice threw out the fine, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider reinstating it.) The TV series "Lost" premiered on ABC.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama, visiting New York, brought together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for their first face-to-face meeting. Al-Qaida released a 106-minute-long video predicting President Obama's downfall at the hands of the Muslim world.

One year ago: President Barack Obama spoke at a memorial service for the 12 men and women killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting, calling on Americans to raise their voices against gun violence. A pair of Sunni militant suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 85 Christian worshippers. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led her conservatives to a stunning election victory. "Breaking Bad" won best drama series while "Modern Family" was recognized as best comedy series at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda is 87. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern is 72. Musician King Sunny Ade (ah-DAY') is 68. Actor Paul Le Mat is 68. Capt. Mark Phillips is 66. Rock singer David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) is 63. Actress Shari Belafonte is 60. Singer Debby Boone is 58. Country singer June Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 58. Singer Nick Cave is 57. Rock singer Johnette Napolitano is 57. Actress Lynn Herring is 57. Classical crossover singer Andrea Bocelli (an-DRAY'-ah boh-CHEL'-ee) is 56. Singer-musician Joan Jett is 56. Actor Scott Baio is 54. Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 53. Actress Bonnie Hunt is 53. Actor Rob Stone (TV: "Mr. Belvedere") is 52. Musician Matt Sharp is 45. Rock musician Dave Hernandez is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Big Rube (Society of Soul) is 43. Actress Mireille Enos is 39. Actress Daniella Alonso is 36. Actor Michael Graziadei (GRAHT'-zee-uh-day-ee) is 35. Actress Ashley Drane (Eckstein) is 33. Actress Katie Lowes (TV: "Scandal") is 32. Actor Tom Felton is 27. Actress Juliette Goglia is 19.

Thought for Today: "I saw old Autumn in the misty morn/ Stand shadowless like silence, listening/ To silence." -- Thomas Hood, English author (1799-1845).

Rock News

Last Update on September 22, 2014 07:21 GMT

RANDY TRAVIS ATTENDS FUNDRAISER

DENISON, Tex. (AP) -- Randy Travis has made a rare public appearance since having a stroke last year. KXII-TV reports Travis and his fiancee', Mary Davis, showed up to the Four Rivers Outreach fundraising banquet in Denison, Texas, on Thursday. Travis did not want to speak on camera because he's still recovering. Davis says Travis is not bedridden anymore and just started walking with a walking stick rather than a cane. She says they feel blessed to be where they are today. Travis suffered congestive heart failure last year and then had a stroke.

KEYSHIA COLE ARRESTED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation Friday in Los Angeles. Police say Cole was arrested around 5 a.m. after someone initiated a private person's arrest. No other details were given. Cole was released from custody Friday afternoon. A request for comment to her publicist was not answered.

AARON LEWIS GETS STUCK IN THE MUD

WARTON, Tex. (AP) -- Aaron Lewis is fine after his charter plane took an unexpected turn on takeoff in Warton, Texas, on Saturday. His publicist says Lewis' plane veered off the taxiway and got stuck in the mud. He was in Warton chasing teal duck for his "On The Road" reality hunting show and was on his way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to open for Brantley Gilbert. Lewis had to call off his concert appearance.

LADY GAGA CUTS BACK TO KEEP HAPPY

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Lady Gaga is one of the top pop stars in the world, and for a while, she was miserable. She says during the making of her "ARTPOP" record, she had a difficult schedule that left her tired all the time and unable to be creative. She says she respects her former management, but they were focused on making as much money as possible and that's not where her heart is. Lady Gaga also had to deal with the pain in her hip that led to surgery and what she calls "the pain of fame." She says money makes people crazy and she saw that in the people around her. Now, she says she's in a "very happy time" in her life and more sober than she's ever been.

SOUND:

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Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says her disagreements with her former management did not give her enough time to be creative.

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Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says her former managers wanted to have her working all the time.

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Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says she was very tired making her "ARTPOP" record, and a lot of people criticized it.

<<CUT ..018 (09/22/14)>> 00:16 "of that, too"

Lady Gaga, musician

Lady Gaga says she had to deal with the pain that led to her hip surgery during the "Born This Way Ball" tour, as well as what she calls the pain of fame.

"THE VOICE" STARTS A NEW SEASON WITH PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND GWEN STEFANI

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The way Blake Shelton tells it, Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams is a diabolical nice guy. Shelton says Williams is friendly and thoughtful and he uses that to get into contestants' heads on "The Voice." Shelton says that makes them choose Williams as a coach instead of Shelton. Gwen Stefani says she's been shocked before, but that was before she worked with Adam Levine on "The Voice." She says Levine is "nasty and naughty and dirty and disgusting" and has no filter to what he says. "The Voice," featuring Shelton, Levine, Williams and Stefani as coaches, premieres tonight on NBC.

SOUND:

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Gwen Stefani, musician

Gwen Stefani says it's no big deal being the only female judge on "The Voice."

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Gwen Stefani, musician

Gwen Stefani says Adam Levine is not what she expected.

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Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams and Gwen Stefani, musicians

Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani were asked if "The Voice" was anything like they expected.

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Blake Shelton, musician

Blake Shelton says Pharrell Williams utlizes his nice-guy personality ruthlessly. (refers to musician and fellow "The Voice" judge Adam Levine) ((not length of cut))

DOUG E FRESH HONORED AT BET HIP-HOP AWARDS

ATLANTA (AP) -- Doug E Fresh couldn't keep back the tears as he received the "I Am Hip-Hop" Award at the BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday in Atlanta. Fresh told the crowd his mother had Alzheimer's disease and died five months ago. He said he wanted to thank "this woman and hip-hop," and "If it wasn't for hip-hop, I don't know where I would be." DJ Mustard won producer of the year, and Future won Best Club Banger for "Move That Dope." Other awards will be announced at a later date. The show airs October 14.

JERROD NIEMANN ASKS FOR DONATIONS RATHER THAN WEDDING GIFTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jerrod Niemann and his fiancee' have just one thing on their wedding registry: charitable donations. Niemann and his bride, Morgan Patek, are asking for donations to Free The Music USA instead of gifts. It's a charity Niemann created to give musical instruments to kids who can't afford them. Niemann and Patek plan to marry in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October.

"FROZEN" SOUNDTRACK MELTS IN SALES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The "Frozen" soundtrack has finally fallen out of the top 10 for album sales. Billboard reports the soundtrack is number 13 this week after 39 straight weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. It first hit the top 10 on December 28. It's sold 3.4 million copies since its release last November and it's 2014's top-selling album.

QUEEN AND MICHAEL JACKSON TRACK TO BE RELEASED

LONDON (AP) -- A long-lost track featuring Queen and Michael Jackson will finally see the light of day. Queen singer Freddie Mercury wrote "There Must Be More To Life Than This" during the 1981 "Hot Space" sessions. The band recorded a backing track, and Mercury recorded with Jackson at his home, but the track was never finished. Queen revisited it during the 1984 "The Works" sessions but again didn't finish it. Mercury did his own version for his "Mr. Bad Guy" solo record in 1985. Producer William Orbit has mixed the track, and it will be included in the "Queen Forever" album. It comes out November 10 and also features two other previously unreleased Queen songs.

BILLY JOEL HELPS WITH BAY CLEANUP

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) -- Billy Joel isn't just complaining about garbage. He's doing something about it. New York's Newsday reports Joel was one of the participants at the Oyster Bay Beach and Harbor Cleanup. Joel says he's got firsthand experience seeing what kind of garbage is thrown in the bay because he sees it washing up by his house.

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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