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Last Update on October 01, 2014 07:06 GMT

TRACY MORGAN-STATEMENT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Tracy Morgan is trying to wrap his head around the idea that Wal-Mart believes he's to blame for the injuries he suffered in a car wreck that killed one of his friends -- and left him fighting for his life. The comedian says he "can't believe" Wal-Mart has claimed in legal documents that he is at least partly to blame for his injuries because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt in the back of his limousine van. In a statement released through his publicist Morgan says he "can't believe" the company is blaming him and his friends for what happened. Morgan was returning from a comedy gig in Delaware in June when his limo van was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart truck. Fellow comedian James McNair died in the wreck. Morgan hurt his leg and ribs -- and spent a month in rehab.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Tracy Morgan has responded strongly to Wal-Mart's claim about the highway wreck that injured him - and killed a fellow comedian.

<<CUT ..003 (10/01/14)>> 00:15 "time for him"

Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Tracy Morgan has addressed his fans.

MOVIE-CHARGES

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- There are now four people facing charges from the accident that killed a member of a film crew working on a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman. Hillary Schwartz was an assistant director on the movie "Midnight Rider" -- and she has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. The charges are the same ones Georgia officials have already filed against director Randall Miller and two other associates. A freight train plowed into the crew as it was filming on a railroad bridge. Authorities say the crew wasn't authorized to be on the trestle. The case is scheduled to go to trial March 9.

VIOLA DAVIS-LAWYERS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- She isn't an attorney -- but she plays one on TV. And that, Viola Davis says, is enough to help her see "just how fine the line is between guilt and innocence" -- in this case, she means the line between guilt and innocence for attorneys, not their clients. Davis stars in the new ABC show "How to Get Away With Murder." In its debut last week, it drew 14 million viewers.

JIMMY KIMMEL-DANGER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's no joke. Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel may be hazardous to your hard drive. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company says a search for Kimmel carries about a 1-in-5 chance of landing on a Web site that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera. On his show last nightk Kimmel said he can't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high is the year's most dangerous celebrity.

Jimmy Kimmel says he's an unlikely person to be the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet. COURTESY: ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))

NIELSENS

NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for the idea that no one watches TV live anymore. The latest batch of ratings numbers suggest that more people are watching than first thought. Nielsen reports CBS, NBC and ABC all had more viewers last week than they did during the first week of last fall's TV season. And five of the 20 most-watched programs were new shows -- three on CBS and two on ABC. The Nielsen numbers measure those who watch TV shows live or before midnight on the same evening a show airs. By that standard, only Fox saw its numbers slip among the four largest broadcast networks.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the ratings suggest a number of people consider network shows must-see-TV.

MOVIE UPHEAVAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- By now, you know the drill -- a movie is released to theaters, then after a while, they make their way to DVD, cable, satellite, video-on-demand and outlets like Netflix. But that may be changing -- with a move by the popular video streaming service. Netflix says it plans to release a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on the same day it hits IMAX theaters next August. It's the biggest move by a digital outlet to disrupt Hollywood's carefully timed release pattern. And Hollywood players are fighting back. Two of the nation's largest theater chains -- Regal Cinemas and Cinemark -- have announced that they will not carry the film.

ANNA GUNN-SERIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anna Gunn says she is crazy about the new TV series she's part of -- because she's a fan of the British show from which it was adapted. Gunn is one of the new characters in the reboot of "Broadchurch." It's now named "Gracepoint" -- and will air on Fox, starting tomorrow night. Not only is the show being imported, the setting has been changed. Instead of being set in a seaside English town, it's now cast in Northern California. Gunn won two Emmys for her work in the series "Breaking Bad."

O.J. SIMPSON-APPEAL

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors say there's no reason to give O.J. Simpson a new trial on kidnapping and armed robbery charges. The District Attorney in Clark County, Nevada says Simpson got a fair trial -- and there's no reason to give him another. Simpson was convicted in 2008 for storming into a hotel room with a small posse to collect memorabilia he says belonged to him. In his request for a new trial, Simpson claims his trial lawyer, Yale Galanter, botched his defense. Simpson is now 67 -- and is serving 9-to-33 years in prison. His first shot at parole isn't until 2017.

ED SULLIVAN-STATUE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Who'd want to swipe a statue of old school TV host Ed Sullivan? That's what police in Los Angeles are trying to find out. A statue of the variety show host was taken from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The solid bronze image was taken Sunday from a pedestal in the academy's Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. Detectives say they haven't gotten any breaks in the case -- and are asking the public for information that might lead to an arrest. Sullivan hosted a variety show on CBS for more than two decades -- and was the man who presided over The Beatles' first TV appearance in the U.S. He died in 1974.

KENNY SMITH-REALITY SHOW

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kenny Smith is going from "The Show" to a show -- to a reality show. The former NBA star will be on a reality show this spring. Smith is a basketball analyst for Turner, the parent company of TBS, the company that will run the reality show. There will be six episodes of "The Smiths" to start. He will appear with his wife and their five kids. His wife, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, is an actress who appears on "The Price Is Right."

Country News

Last Update on October 01, 2014 07:06 GMT

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ON GREGG ALLMAN FILM CHARGED

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A fourth filmmaker has been charged with the death of a crew member working on a biographical movie about Gregg Allman. Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director for the film "Midnight Rider," has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. A film crew had set up on a railroad bridge in southeast Georgia in February when a freight train came through and killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured six others. The film's directors and its executive producer also face charges.

ANITA BAKER'S LAWYER SUES HER

DETROIT (AP) -- A lawyer who defended Anita Baker against allegations she failed to pay workers at her house is now making the same claim. Attorney Jamal Hamood represented Baker against allegations that she owes $15,000 for work done at her home outside Detroit. Hamood tells WXYZ-TV Baker owes him nearly $69,000 for more than a year of work. He's filed a $150,000 lawsuit. A message left with Baker's representative was not returned. A status conference on the lawsuit is set for January 2.

JOHN MELLENCAMP CHANNELS SONGS FOR "PLAIN SPOKEN"

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Mellencamp believes he doesn't get inspiration for songs as much as he is channeling songs that come from somewhere else. Mellencamp says he's convinced a song on his new "Plain Spoken" album called "Brass Ring" was sent by Tennessee Williams. He says a song called "Freedom of Speech" clearly was sent by Pete Seeger. Mellencamp says it's best to get out of the way when channeling a song, because otherwise he tries to force it in a direction it should not go. He says the third verse of "Pink Houses" is a great example of that, because he hears it now and cringes. "Plain Spoken" is new this week.

SOUND:

<<CUT ..008 (10/01/14)>> 00:13 "come from Williams"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says one of the songs on his "Plain Spoken" album clearly came from an old spirit.

<<CUT ..009 (10/01/14)>> 00:13 "this means ahh"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says he doesn't know what the songs on his "Plain Spoken" album are about because he channeled them rather than wrote them.

<<CUT ..010 (10/01/14)>> 00:16 "your own way"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says his job is to write down the songs he channels.

<<CUT ..011 (10/01/14)>> 00:12 "think oh God"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says he wishes he would have channeled one of his biggest hits instead of calling it inspiration and trying to mold it too much.

LADY ANTEBELLUM RELEASE "747"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum got a jolt into reality from his wife when they started writing songs for their new "747" album. Kelley says his wife told him if they write the same mellow songs they've been doing, she was going to be a little bored. He says it was hard for him to hear, but he realized she was right. Singer Hillary Scott says they also realized people want to hear fun songs in a live setting, so they did more of that. Scott says she's proud of their song "Bartender," because even though other country acts convey the same sentiments, in this case, "It's a girl singing it."

SOUND:

<<CUT ..012 (10/01/14)>> 00:17 "what she's right"

Charles Kelley

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum says his wife pushed him to create something different for their "747" album. ((note cut length))

<<CUT ..013 (10/01/14)>> 00:15 "very many females"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says she loves how their single "Bartender" fits into the country music landscape.

<<CUT ..014 (10/01/14)>> 00:14 "escape from it"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says after their last tour, they realized people want to have fun and the songs should match that.

<<CUT ..015 (10/01/14)>> 00:08 "right as well"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says they have to be fresh and current as well as predict what's next.

RESTAURANT OWNER SENTENCED FOR RIPPING OFF OUTSIDERS SINGER

STREETSBORO, Ohio (AP) -- The owner of a restaurant in Streetsboro, Ohio, has been sentenced to three years in prison for holding a benefit for singer Sonny Geraci of The Outsiders and of Climax but not handing over the money. The Streetsboro Gateway News reports William Thompson pleaded guilty in August to a third-degree felony grand theft charge. The concert last November was to benefit Geraci, who is in a wheelchair after suffering an aneurysm a year and a half ago. The event raised nearly $29,000 but organizers say Thompson refused to hand over $23,000. Thompson has also been ordered to pay more than $28,000 in restitution.

GEORGE JONES MUSEUM PLANNED FOR NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- A museum dedicated to George Jones is in the works for downtown Nashville. His widow, Nancy, will unveil plans for a four-story George Jones Museum in the space formerly occupied by a club called Graham Central Station. The museum will have a gift shop, restaurant, event space and music venue. An opening date was not given.

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM OPENS

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- In 1927, the Victor Talking Machine Company went to a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia border to record what was known as "hillbilly music," including the Carter Family. Today, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is now open. The museum in Bristol, Virginia, is displaying instruments, recording equipment and clothes related to country, gospel and blues. Visitors can record their own songs in sound booths or hear early gospel records in a small chapel. The museum's executive director, Leah Ross, says country music had been recorded before, but the Bristol Sessions were the first time it was mass-produced for audiences in New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

JIM ED BROWN HAS CANCER

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Jim Ed Brown has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Brown writes on his website he got his diagnosis two weeks ago and that's why he's canceled shows recently. Brown says he was shocked and scared when he heard the news. His doctors have told him to take off the next four months to concentrate on chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Brown first hit the scene in the 1950s as part of The Browns with his sisters. He then had a successful solo career through the 1960s and '70s and was famous for duets with Helen Cornelius.

BLAKE SHELTON'S HOMETOWN CELEBRATES HIS NEW ALBUM

ADA, Okla. (AP) -- A street has been renamed for Blake Shelton in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma. The city unveiled Blake Shelton Boulevard as part of its party to celebrate Shelton's new album, "Bringing Back the Sunshine." The town's water tower is on the cover. The party also featured Blake Shelton trivia, a Blake Shelton lookalike contest and a Blake Shelton mullet contest.

Rewind Time

October 01, 2014 07:06 GMT

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley, as students spontaneously protested the arrest of Berkeley alumnus Jack Weinberg, who'd refused to identify himself to campus police as he sat behind a table promoting the Congress of Racial Equality.

On this date:

In 1885, special delivery mail service began in the United States.

In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.

In 1932, Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees made his supposed called shot, hitting a home run against Chicago's Charlie Root in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, won by the New York Yankees 7-5 at Wrigley Field.

In 1939, Winston Churchill described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" during a radio address on the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

In 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing. A 42-day strike by the United Steelworkers of America began over the issue of retirement benefits.

In 1957, the motto "In God We Trust" began appearing on U.S. paper currency.

In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season. (Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox gave up the round-tripper; the Yankees won 1-0.)

In 1964, Japan's first high-speed "bullet train," the Tokaido Shinkansen, went into operation between Tokyo and Osaka.

In 1968, the cult horror movie "Night of the Living Dead" had its world premiere in Pittsburgh.

In 1974, the cult horror movie "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" was first released.

In 1987, eight people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.9 struck the Los Angeles area.

In 1994, National Hockey League team owners began a 103-day lockout of their players.

Ten years ago: Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted for the first time in 18 years, but without nearly the force of the 1980 disaster. Police found the body of Lori Hacking in a landfill after picking through the trash for weeks in a search for the young Utah woman murdered by her husband, Mark. Fashion photographer Richard Avedon died in San Antonio, Texas, at age 81.

Five years ago: The U.S. and five other world powers held high-stakes talks with Iran in Geneva to demand a freeze of its nuclear activities; President Barack Obama, in Washington, called the discussions "a constructive beginning." David Letterman publicly acknowledged having had sexual relationships with some female staffers as "48 Hours Mystery" producer Joe Halderman was charged in a blackmail plot against the CBS "Late Show" host. (Halderman later pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny and served four months in jail.)

One year ago: The federal government partially shut down because of a budget impasse in Congress, the same day Americans got their first chance to shop for health insurance using the online marketplaces that were at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul (however, government websites designed to sell the policies struggled to handle the traffic, with many frustrated users reporting trouble setting up accounts). Novelist Tom Clancy, 66, died in Baltimore.

Today's Birthdays: Former President Jimmy Carter is 90. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 79. Actress Stella Stevens is 76. Rock musician Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone) is 71. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew is 69. Jazz musician Dave Holland is 68. Actor Stephen Collins is 67. Actress Yvette Freeman is 64. Actor Randy Quaid is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Howard Hewett is 59. Alt-country-rock musician Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks) is 56. Singer Youssou N'Dour is 55. Actor Esai Morales is 52. Retired MLB All-Star Mark McGwire is 51. Actor Christopher Titus is 50. Actress-model Cindy Margolis is 49. Rock singer-musician Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) is 46. Actor Zach Galifianakis (ga-lih-fih-NA'-kihs) is 45. Singer Keith Duffy is 40. Actress Sarah Drew is 34. Actor-comedian Beck Bennett (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 30. Actress Jurnee Smollett is 28. Actress Brie Larson is 25.

Thought for Today: "It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." -- Agnes Repplier (REHP'-leer), American essayist (1858-1950).

Rock News

Last Update on October 01, 2014 07:06 GMT

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ON GREGG ALLMAN FILM CHARGED

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A fourth filmmaker has been charged with the death of a crew member working on a biographical movie about Gregg Allman. Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director for the film "Midnight Rider," has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. A film crew had set up on a railroad bridge in southeast Georgia in February when a freight train came through and killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured six others. The film's directors and its executive producer also face charges.

ANITA BAKER'S LAWYER SUES HER

DETROIT (AP) -- A lawyer who defended Anita Baker against allegations she failed to pay workers at her house is now making the same claim. Attorney Jamal Hamood represented Baker against allegations that she owes $15,000 for work done at her home outside Detroit. Hamood tells WXYZ-TV Baker owes him nearly $69,000 for more than a year of work. He's filed a $150,000 lawsuit. A message left with Baker's representative was not returned. A status conference on the lawsuit is set for January 2.

JOHN MELLENCAMP CHANNELS SONGS FOR "PLAIN SPOKEN"

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Mellencamp believes he doesn't get inspiration for songs as much as he is channeling songs that come from somewhere else. Mellencamp says he's convinced a song on his new "Plain Spoken" album called "Brass Ring" was sent by Tennessee Williams. He says a song called "Freedom of Speech" clearly was sent by Pete Seeger. Mellencamp says it's best to get out of the way when channeling a song, because otherwise he tries to force it in a direction it should not go. He says the third verse of "Pink Houses" is a great example of that, because he hears it now and cringes. "Plain Spoken" is new this week.

SOUND:

<<CUT ..008 (10/01/14)>> 00:13 "come from Williams"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says one of the songs on his "Plain Spoken" album clearly came from an old spirit.

<<CUT ..009 (10/01/14)>> 00:13 "this means ahh"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says he doesn't know what the songs on his "Plain Spoken" album are about because he channeled them rather than wrote them.

<<CUT ..010 (10/01/14)>> 00:16 "your own way"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says his job is to write down the songs he channels.

<<CUT ..011 (10/01/14)>> 00:12 "think oh God"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says he wishes he would have channeled one of his biggest hits instead of calling it inspiration and trying to mold it too much.

LADY ANTEBELLUM RELEASE "747"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum got a jolt into reality from his wife when they started writing songs for their new "747" album. Kelley says his wife told him if they write the same mellow songs they've been doing, she was going to be a little bored. He says it was hard for him to hear, but he realized she was right. Singer Hillary Scott says they also realized people want to hear fun songs in a live setting, so they did more of that. Scott says she's proud of their song "Bartender," because even though other country acts convey the same sentiments, in this case, "It's a girl singing it."

SOUND:

<<CUT ..012 (10/01/14)>> 00:17 "what she's right"

Charles Kelley

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum says his wife pushed him to create something different for their "747" album. ((note cut length))

<<CUT ..013 (10/01/14)>> 00:15 "very many females"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says she loves how their single "Bartender" fits into the country music landscape.

<<CUT ..014 (10/01/14)>> 00:14 "escape from it"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says after their last tour, they realized people want to have fun and the songs should match that.

<<CUT ..015 (10/01/14)>> 00:08 "right as well"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says they have to be fresh and current as well as predict what's next.

RESTAURANT OWNER SENTENCED FOR RIPPING OFF OUTSIDERS SINGER

STREETSBORO, Ohio (AP) -- The owner of a restaurant in Streetsboro, Ohio, has been sentenced to three years in prison for holding a benefit for singer Sonny Geraci of The Outsiders and of Climax but not handing over the money. The Streetsboro Gateway News reports William Thompson pleaded guilty in August to a third-degree felony grand theft charge. The concert last November was to benefit Geraci, who is in a wheelchair after suffering an aneurysm a year and a half ago. The event raised nearly $29,000 but organizers say Thompson refused to hand over $23,000. Thompson has also been ordered to pay more than $28,000 in restitution.

GEORGE JONES MUSEUM PLANNED FOR NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- A museum dedicated to George Jones is in the works for downtown Nashville. His widow, Nancy, will unveil plans for a four-story George Jones Museum in the space formerly occupied by a club called Graham Central Station. The museum will have a gift shop, restaurant, event space and music venue. An opening date was not given.

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM OPENS

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- In 1927, the Victor Talking Machine Company went to a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia border to record what was known as "hillbilly music," including the Carter Family. Today, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is now open. The museum in Bristol, Virginia, is displaying instruments, recording equipment and clothes related to country, gospel and blues. Visitors can record their own songs in sound booths or hear early gospel records in a small chapel. The museum's executive director, Leah Ross, says country music had been recorded before, but the Bristol Sessions were the first time it was mass-produced for audiences in New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

JIM ED BROWN HAS CANCER

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Jim Ed Brown has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Brown writes on his website he got his diagnosis two weeks ago and that's why he's canceled shows recently. Brown says he was shocked and scared when he heard the news. His doctors have told him to take off the next four months to concentrate on chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Brown first hit the scene in the 1950s as part of The Browns with his sisters. He then had a successful solo career through the 1960s and '70s and was famous for duets with Helen Cornelius.

BLAKE SHELTON'S HOMETOWN CELEBRATES HIS NEW ALBUM

ADA, Okla. (AP) -- A street has been renamed for Blake Shelton in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma. The city unveiled Blake Shelton Boulevard as part of its party to celebrate Shelton's new album, "Bringing Back the Sunshine." The town's water tower is on the cover. The party also featured Blake Shelton trivia, a Blake Shelton lookalike contest and a Blake Shelton mullet contest.

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.

<<CUT ..024 (11/16/12)>> 00:10 "really stress it"

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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