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Last Update on April 24, 2014 07:10 GMT

"AMERICAN IDOL"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keith Urban says you never forget your first time. The first time you get booed. The crowd didn't like it when Urban was critical of Alex Preston's version of "Animal" on "American Idol" last night. J-Lo noted they were hearing the first boos for Urban on the show. But the judges were blown away by Caleb Johnson. He didn't lose his cool when his mic stand got away from him. J-Lo says he even stayed on beat. The top six did two songs each, one rock and one country. CJ Harris could be in the most trouble. Neither of his songs wowed the judges. One of the top six gets the ax tonight.

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Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene, performing "Barracuda"

Jena Irene performing "Barracuda." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..002 (04/24/14)>> 00:14 "cut loose baby"

Keith Urban

Keith Urban says Jena Irene is good but could be even better. OURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Alex Preston, performing "Animal"

Alex Preston performing "Animal." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..004 (04/24/14)>> 00:19 "forget your first"

Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez

The crowd doesn't like it when Keith Urban is critical of Alex Preston. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))

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Caleb Johnson, performing "Sting Me"

Caleb Johnson performing "Sting Me." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..006 (04/24/14)>> 00:09 "beat I was (cheers)"

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez says she can't believe Caleb Johnson's cool when he lost the mic. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..007 (04/24/14)>> 00:10 "impossible to beat"

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Caleb Johnson couldn't have been better. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

"SURVIVOR"

UNDATED (AP) -- Tony the cop is getting awfully paranoid on "Survivor." He's been spying on his alliance members and was sure he was headed for a fall in the Tribal Council. But it was Woo who took a fall -- of the very real variety. Woo tumbled out of a tree on last night's episode but was only shaken up a bit. Later, a frantic Tony managed to find a super Hidden Immunity Idol. But he didn't use it. Spencer did use his Hidden Immunity Idol in the Tribal Council, but it turns out he didn't need it. The vote came down to Woo and Jeremiah and it's Jeremiah who comes up short. Jeremiah says he did his best and thought he had a shot at the million bucks.

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Jeff Probst and Tony Vlachos

Spencer plays a Hidden Immunity Idol, drawing scorn from Tony. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..009 (04/24/14)>> 00:15 "me your torch (music fades)"

Jeff Probst

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst announces the results of the Tribal Council vote. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..010 (04/24/14)>> 00:11 "had the chance"

Jeremiah Wood, contestant voted off

Jeremiah says he did his best. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme

Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

JODIE FOSTER GETS MARRIED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jodie Foster has gotten married. Foster tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who's a photographer and actress who was in "The L Word." They'd been dating since last summer. Hedison is Ellen DeGeneres' ex. DeGeneres dated her in between Anne Heche and her current wife, Portia de Rossi. Hedison's father is David Hedison, who starred in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" in the 60s.

GQ'S FUNNIEST PEOPLE ALIVE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Louis (LOO'-ee) C.K. tops GQ's list of the Funniest People Alive. Amy Schumer comes in second, followed by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the stars of "Key and Peele." The cast of Mike Judge's new series "Silicon Valley" take up spots five-through-ten. In eleventh place is SNL's Kate McKinnon. Then comes John Oliver, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

PEOPLE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON

NEW YORK (AP) -- When she was 16, Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh) never would have believed she'd be named People magazine's Most Beautiful person. She didn't like her looks and wished she had lighter skin. That changed over time and now she's considered one of the most glamorous women on the red carpet. She says she hopes other girls will learn from her experience and love the way they look. Keri Russell ranks second on the list. And there are three women linked to men who were named People's Sexiest Man Alive over the years. Jenna Dewan is married to Channing Tatum, Amber Heard is engaged to Johnny Depp and Stacy Kiebler used to date George Clooney, who was named Sexiest Man Alive twice. Others on the list include Kerry Washington, Pink and Mindy Kaling.

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Michael Weinfeld

The Oscar-winning star of "12 Years A Slave" has been named People magazine's Most Beautiful person of 2014. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld has more about the choice of Lupita Nyong'o. ((Lupita Nyong'o is pronounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))

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Michael Weinfeld

AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that the list shows beauty attracts beauty.

<<CUT ..024 (04/24/14)>> 00:11 "the top ten"

Michael Weinfeld

AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us who follows Lupita Nyong'o on the list of the Most Beautiful women. ((Lupita Nyong'o is prounounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))

WINNER OF "THE VOICE," MEGAN HILTY AND JACKIE EVANCHO TO PERFORM AT DC MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last year's winner of "The Voice," Danielle Bradbery will perform at the 25th anniversary National Memorial Day Concert in Washington next month. Megan Hilty and Jackie Evancho will sing. Johnny Carson's old bandleader, Doc Severinsen will perform. Dianne Wiest (weest) will be part of the show, too. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host for the ninth year. The show airs on PBS May 25.

"HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH" - NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The creator of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch' wanted Neil Patrick Harris to star in the show on Broadway so much, he agreed to wait until Harris was through with "How I Met Your Mother." John Cameron Mitchell says Harris is "the perfect Hedwig." Mitchell should know. He originated the role. He says Harris can expertly handle the dancing and singing and the comedy and emotional scenes. Hedwig opened this week.

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Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris says he's lucky that they waited for him to finish "How I Met Your Mother" before casting "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

<<CUT ..019 (04/24/14)>> 00:13 "bantering with them"

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris says he's able to react in character if someone in the audience shouts something to him.

<<CUT ..020 (04/24/14)>> 00:13 "I've done worse"

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris says it's fun to improv if someone in the audience shouts something to him.

<<CUT ..021 (04/24/14)>> 00:14 "ruling a room"

John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell says Neil Patrick Harris was worth waiting for.

"BRICK MANSIONS" - RZA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of Paul Walker's final films is out today. Walker plays an undercover cop trying to stop a gangster from launching a nuclear missile into the center of Detroit. The gangster is played by RZA (RIH'-zuh), who's acting more than rapping these days. RZA made his directing debut with "The Man With the Iron Fist" in 2012. He says he knew he'd done a good job when Russell Crowe told him he was "one of his favorite directors" and Quentin Tarantino told him "the student has now become the master." Brick Mansions opens tomorrow.

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RZA (RIH'-zuh)

RZA says his acting career was pre-destined.

<<CUT ..017 (04/24/14)>> 00:15 "become the master"

RZA (RIH'-zuh)

RZA says he knew he was a good director when he got compliments from Russell Crowe and Quentin Tarantino while directing "The Man With the Iron Fists."

"IT'S A SMALL WORLD" MOVIE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If "It's a Small World" gets stuck in your head after a ride that lasts only a few minutes, what will happen if you sit through an entire movie about the song? You might find out some day. Variety says a script is being written for a movie based on the ride and the song. Jon Turteltaub, who directed "The Lego Movie" will direct.

MATT BOMER REVEALS HE'S BEEN MARRIED FOR THREE YEARS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Bomer knows how to keep a secret. Turns out he's been married for three years. Bomer tells Details magazine that he and his partner Simon Halls got married in 2011, a year before he came out publicly. They have three children, Kit, Walker and Henry. Bomer stars in the movie version of the play "The Normal Heart," about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York. It premieres May 25 on HBO.

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Last Update on April 24, 2014 07:10 GMT

CHRIS BROWN TRIAL ON HOLD FOR MONTHS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Singer Chris Brown likely won't see the inside of a Washington D.C. courtroom for months. But it looks like he will continue to see the inside of his jail cell in Los Angeles. The assault case in the nation's capital is on hold -- for between 6 months and a year. That's because prosecutors have refused to grant immunity to Brown's bodyguard. Christopher Hollosy (hoh-LOH'-see) was convicted in the same incident this week -- and he was supposed to testify at Brown's trial. Prosecutors don't believe his claim that he was the only person who struck the victim -- and the bodyguard's attorney doesn't want his testimony to affect the appeals process. Meanwhile, Brown will be headed back to LA in the custody of federal marshals -- who had transported him cross-country last month in anticipation of his D.C. trial. Brown was put in jail after being kicked out of rehab, part of his probation in his 2009 beating of Rihanna.

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Chris Brown will likely await his D.C. trial while behind bars.

<<CUT ..027 (04/24/14)>> 00:15 "likely for months"

Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Music Correspondent reports the trial delay in Washington won't slow things in California where Chris Brown is accused of violating probation.

JUSTIN BIEBER'S TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL SUMMER

MIAMI (AP) -- Police say he was drag racing -- but Justin Bieber's trial stemming from that incident is now on the slow track. A judge in Miami has delayed The Beeb's trial until July. He wasn't charged with the drag racing police say he was involved in with a friend and fellow singer -- but Bieber faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license. Prosecutors agreed with a defense request for more time to examine the evidence -- and consider whether to accept a possible plea deal.

AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel outlines the case against Justin Bieber in Florida.

JUSTIN BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR PRAYING AT JAPANESE WAR SHRINE

TOKYO (AP) -- Justin Bieber says he's sorry for offending people by praying at a Japanese war shrine. The Yasukuni shrine honors Japan's 2.5 million war dead -- including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea see the Shinto shrine as a symbol of Japan's past militarism -- and consider visits to see it offensive. Two photos posted Tuesday on Instagram show Bieber praying outside the shrine, which upset China and people posting on social media. In a new Instagram post yesterday, Bieber says he saw the shrine and asked his driver to stop there. He says he thought the shrine was just a place to pray.

JOHN RICH STALKER GETS WARNING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Stop messing around -- or end up in jail. That's the blunt warning a Nashville judge has given a man accused of stalking country music singer John Rich. The Tennessean reports the judge told Mark "Chris" Sevier he had to stop breaking rules the court has told him to follow, or risk incarceration. Sevier faces two counts of aggravated stalking and one count of criminal impersonation after being accused of stalking Rich and then stalking a 17-year-old girl separately from the music star. He has pleaded not guilty, is free on bond -- and awaiting trial in October.

"AMERICAN IDOL" GOES COUNTRY AND ROCK

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keith Urban got his first boos as a judge on "American Idol" last night. He was booed for saying Alex Preston failed to dominate with his version of "Animal." He got booed again for saying he hated the arrangement Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) gave to "Jolene." Jennifer Lopez got what she calls "goosies" twice last night: once for Sam Woolf on "It's Time" and once for Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene's version of "So Small." The judges had just lukewarm marks for CJ Harris. They were practically giving high-fives to Caleb Johnson for losing his microphone stand but still managing to stay on the beat on "Sting Me."

Keith Urban says Jena Irene is good but could be even better. OURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Alex Preston, performing "Animal"

Alex Preston performing "Animal." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..004 (04/24/14)>> 00:19 "forget your first"

Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez

The crowd doesn't like it when Keith Urban is critical of Alex Preston. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..005 (04/24/14)>> 00:29 ""

Caleb Johnson, performing "Sting Me"

Caleb Johnson performing "Sting Me." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..006 (04/24/14)>> 00:09 "beat I was (cheers)"

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez says she can't believe Caleb Johnson's cool when he lost the mic. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..007 (04/24/14)>> 00:10 "impossible to beat"

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Caleb Johnson couldn't have been better. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

LADY ANTEBELLUM'S DAVE HAYWOOD IS STARTING A FAMILY

UNDATED (AP) -- Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is going to be a dad. Haywood and his wife, Kelli, announced through Lady Antebellum's Facebook page they are expecting. They already know it's a boy. He's due in September.

BARRY GIBB SELLS JOHNNY CASH PROPERTY

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Barry Gibb has sold the former home of Johnny and June Carter Cash. The Nashville Tennessean reports Gibb and his wife, Linda, sold the property to a limited liability company for $2 million. They bought the property in $2.3 million in 2006. The Cashes lived there for more than 40 years. The Gibbs had planned to renovate the property and were almost done with the project when it caught fire and destroyed the house. The Gibbs had announced plans to build a new house and preserve the original foundations of the home.

PINK MAKES "BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE" LIST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pink must be looking pretty good these days. She's made People magazine's Most Beautiful People list. She's the only musician to make the list, which also includes Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YAHNG'-goh), Keri Russell, Amber Heard and Gabrielle Union.

AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that the list shows beauty attracts beauty.

<<CUT ..024 (04/24/14)>> 00:11 "the top ten"

Michael Weinfeld

AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us who follows Lupita Nyong'o on the list of the Most Beautiful women. ((Lupita Nyong'o is prounounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))

ROCK HALL NAMES JIMI HENDRIX AT MONTEREY THE GREATEST FESTIVAL MOMENT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- What's the greatest performance at a music festival? According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, when he set his guitar on fire. The Rock Hall asked fans to vote on their favorite moments and that one topped the list. Big Brother and the Holding Company's set at that same festival is number two. Queen's set at Live Aid in 1985 comes in third. Santana at Woodstock is number four. The moment when Bob Dylan "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was number five. Otis Redding at Monterey was number six, Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock '94 was seventh, and Sly and the Family Stone at the original Woodstock was number eight. U2 at Live Aid was number nine, and Muddy Waters at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival was tenth. The Rock Hall museum will open an exhibit on music festivals tomorrow.

ROAD AND BRIDGE RENAMED FOR DUANE ALLEN OF OAK RIDGE BOYS

PARIS, Tex. (AP) -- The road that runs just a few hundred yards past where Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys was born is now named after him. A bridge was also renamed for Allen during a ceremony near Paris, Texas, last week. Allen says he used to ride his bike over that bridge to get to school, and having that named for him is better than if the Golden Gate Bridge had been renamed for him. Just to show he still cares about the community, Allen requested that the new road signs be put up in conjunction with the existing ones, so residents don't have to change their address.

MTV VMAs RETURN TO LOS ANGELES

UNDATED (AP) -- The VMAs are headed back to California. The MTV signature awards show says the show will air live from the Forum, just outside Los Angeles. The show is set for August 24. The move's considered a big deal for the Forum -- the fabled venue near the LA airport -- which recently got a $100 million facelift. It's now the largest indoor entertainment venue in the country.

Rewind Time

April 24, 2014 07:10 GMT

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Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 24, 1916, some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin. (The rising was put down by British forces almost a week later.)

On this date:

In 1792, the national anthem of France, "La Marseillaise" (lah mahr-say-YEHZ'), was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

In 1800, Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States. (The United States responded in kind the next day.)

In 1913, the 792-foot Woolworth Building, at that time the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened in Manhattan as President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button at the White House to signal the lighting of the towering structure.

In 1915, what's regarded as the start of the Armenian genocide began as the Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople.

In 1932, in the Free State of Prussia, the Nazi Party gained a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections.

In 1953, British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1962, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, using NASA's Echo 1 balloon satellite to bounce a video image from Camp Parks, Calif., to Westford, Mass.

In 1970, the People's Republic of China launched its first satellite, which kept transmitting a song, "The East Is Red."

In 1974, comedian Bud Abbott, 78, died in Woodland Hills, Calif.

In 1980, the United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.

In 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

Ten years ago: Suicide boat bombers attacked Iraqi oil facilities in the Persian Gulf, killing three Americans and disabling Iraq's biggest terminal for more than 24 hours. A U.N. plan to reunify the war-divided island of Cyprus collapsed when Greek Cypriots rejected the proposal in one referendum and Turkish Cypriots endorsed it in another. In Los Angeles, Vitali Klitschko stopped Corrie Sanders late in the eighth round to win the WBC heavyweight title vacated by the retirement of Lennox Lewis. Cosmetics queen Estee Lauder died in New York at age 97.

Five years ago: Mexico shut down schools, museums, libraries and state-run theaters across its overcrowded capital in hopes of containing a deadly swine flu outbreak. Back-to-back suicide bombers struck near a Shiite shrine in Baghdad, killing 71.

One year ago: In Bangladesh, a shoddily constructed eight-story commercial building housing garment factories collapsed, killing at least 1,129 people.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director-producer Richard Donner is 84. Actress Shirley MacLaine is 80. Author Sue Grafton is 74. Actor-singer Michael Parks is 74. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 72. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is 72. Country singer Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 71. Rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 69. Rock singer-musician Rob Hyman is 64. The Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, Enda Kenny, is 63. Actor-playwright Eric Bogosian is 61. Rock singer-musician Jack Blades (Night Ranger) is 60. Actor Michael O'Keefe is 59. Rock musician David J (Bauhaus) is 57. Actor Glenn Morshower is 55. Rock musician Billy Gould is 51. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 50. Actor Djimon Hounsou (JEYE'-mihn OHN'-soo) is 50. Rock musician Patty Schemel is 47. Rock musician Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) is 46. Actress Melinda Clarke is 45. Latin pop singer Alejandro Fernandez is 43. Country-rock musician Brad Morgan (Drive-By Truckers) is 43. Rock musician Brian Marshall (Creed; Alter Bridge) is 41. Actor Derek Luke is 40. Actor Eric Balfour is 37. Actress Rebecca Mader is 37. Country singer Rebecca Lynn Howard is 35. Country singer Danny Gokey is 34. Actor Austin Nichols is 34. Actress Sasha Barrese is 33. Contemporary Christian musician Jasen Rauch (Red) is 33. Singer Kelly Clarkson is 32. Rock singer-musician Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) is 30. Actor Doc Shaw is 22.

Thought for Today: "Never practice what you preach. If you're going to practice it, why preach it?" -- Lincoln Steffens, American journalist-reformer (1866-1936).

Rock News

Last Update on April 24, 2014 07:10 GMT

CHRIS BROWN TRIAL ON HOLD FOR MONTHS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Singer Chris Brown likely won't see the inside of a Washington D.C. courtroom for months. But it looks like he will continue to see the inside of his jail cell in Los Angeles. The assault case in the nation's capital is on hold -- for between 6 months and a year. That's because prosecutors have refused to grant immunity to Brown's bodyguard. Christopher Hollosy (hoh-LOH'-see) was convicted in the same incident this week -- and he was supposed to testify at Brown's trial. Prosecutors don't believe his claim that he was the only person who struck the victim -- and the bodyguard's attorney doesn't want his testimony to affect the appeals process. Meanwhile, Brown will be headed back to LA in the custody of federal marshals -- who had transported him cross-country last month in anticipation of his D.C. trial. Brown was put in jail after being kicked out of rehab, part of his probation in his 2009 beating of Rihanna.

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Chris Brown will likely await his D.C. trial while behind bars.

<<CUT ..027 (04/24/14)>> 00:15 "likely for months"

Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Music Correspondent reports the trial delay in Washington won't slow things in California where Chris Brown is accused of violating probation.

JUSTIN BIEBER'S TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL SUMMER

MIAMI (AP) -- Police say he was drag racing -- but Justin Bieber's trial stemming from that incident is now on the slow track. A judge in Miami has delayed The Beeb's trial until July. He wasn't charged with the drag racing police say he was involved in with a friend and fellow singer -- but Bieber faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license. Prosecutors agreed with a defense request for more time to examine the evidence -- and consider whether to accept a possible plea deal.

AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel outlines the case against Justin Bieber in Florida.

JUSTIN BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR PRAYING AT JAPANESE WAR SHRINE

TOKYO (AP) -- Justin Bieber says he's sorry for offending people by praying at a Japanese war shrine. The Yasukuni shrine honors Japan's 2.5 million war dead -- including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea see the Shinto shrine as a symbol of Japan's past militarism -- and consider visits to see it offensive. Two photos posted Tuesday on Instagram show Bieber praying outside the shrine, which upset China and people posting on social media. In a new Instagram post yesterday, Bieber says he saw the shrine and asked his driver to stop there. He says he thought the shrine was just a place to pray.

JOHN RICH STALKER GETS WARNING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Stop messing around -- or end up in jail. That's the blunt warning a Nashville judge has given a man accused of stalking country music singer John Rich. The Tennessean reports the judge told Mark "Chris" Sevier he had to stop breaking rules the court has told him to follow, or risk incarceration. Sevier faces two counts of aggravated stalking and one count of criminal impersonation after being accused of stalking Rich and then stalking a 17-year-old girl separately from the music star. He has pleaded not guilty, is free on bond -- and awaiting trial in October.

"AMERICAN IDOL" GOES COUNTRY AND ROCK

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keith Urban got his first boos as a judge on "American Idol" last night. He was booed for saying Alex Preston failed to dominate with his version of "Animal." He got booed again for saying he hated the arrangement Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) gave to "Jolene." Jennifer Lopez got what she calls "goosies" twice last night: once for Sam Woolf on "It's Time" and once for Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene's version of "So Small." The judges had just lukewarm marks for CJ Harris. They were practically giving high-fives to Caleb Johnson for losing his microphone stand but still managing to stay on the beat on "Sting Me."

Keith Urban says Jena Irene is good but could be even better. OURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Alex Preston, performing "Animal"

Alex Preston performing "Animal." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..004 (04/24/14)>> 00:19 "forget your first"

Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez

The crowd doesn't like it when Keith Urban is critical of Alex Preston. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..005 (04/24/14)>> 00:29 ""

Caleb Johnson, performing "Sting Me"

Caleb Johnson performing "Sting Me." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..006 (04/24/14)>> 00:09 "beat I was (cheers)"

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez says she can't believe Caleb Johnson's cool when he lost the mic. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..007 (04/24/14)>> 00:10 "impossible to beat"

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Caleb Johnson couldn't have been better. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

LADY ANTEBELLUM'S DAVE HAYWOOD IS STARTING A FAMILY

UNDATED (AP) -- Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is going to be a dad. Haywood and his wife, Kelli, announced through Lady Antebellum's Facebook page they are expecting. They already know it's a boy. He's due in September.

BARRY GIBB SELLS JOHNNY CASH PROPERTY

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Barry Gibb has sold the former home of Johnny and June Carter Cash. The Nashville Tennessean reports Gibb and his wife, Linda, sold the property to a limited liability company for $2 million. They bought the property in $2.3 million in 2006. The Cashes lived there for more than 40 years. The Gibbs had planned to renovate the property and were almost done with the project when it caught fire and destroyed the house. The Gibbs had announced plans to build a new house and preserve the original foundations of the home.

PINK MAKES "BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE" LIST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pink must be looking pretty good these days. She's made People magazine's Most Beautiful People list. She's the only musician to make the list, which also includes Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YAHNG'-goh), Keri Russell, Amber Heard and Gabrielle Union.

AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that the list shows beauty attracts beauty.

<<CUT ..024 (04/24/14)>> 00:11 "the top ten"

Michael Weinfeld

AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us who follows Lupita Nyong'o on the list of the Most Beautiful women. ((Lupita Nyong'o is prounounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))

ROCK HALL NAMES JIMI HENDRIX AT MONTEREY THE GREATEST FESTIVAL MOMENT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- What's the greatest performance at a music festival? According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, when he set his guitar on fire. The Rock Hall asked fans to vote on their favorite moments and that one topped the list. Big Brother and the Holding Company's set at that same festival is number two. Queen's set at Live Aid in 1985 comes in third. Santana at Woodstock is number four. The moment when Bob Dylan "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was number five. Otis Redding at Monterey was number six, Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock '94 was seventh, and Sly and the Family Stone at the original Woodstock was number eight. U2 at Live Aid was number nine, and Muddy Waters at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival was tenth. The Rock Hall museum will open an exhibit on music festivals tomorrow.

ROAD AND BRIDGE RENAMED FOR DUANE ALLEN OF OAK RIDGE BOYS

PARIS, Tex. (AP) -- The road that runs just a few hundred yards past where Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys was born is now named after him. A bridge was also renamed for Allen during a ceremony near Paris, Texas, last week. Allen says he used to ride his bike over that bridge to get to school, and having that named for him is better than if the Golden Gate Bridge had been renamed for him. Just to show he still cares about the community, Allen requested that the new road signs be put up in conjunction with the existing ones, so residents don't have to change their address.

MTV VMAs RETURN TO LOS ANGELES

UNDATED (AP) -- The VMAs are headed back to California. The MTV signature awards show says the show will air live from the Forum, just outside Los Angeles. The show is set for August 24. The move's considered a big deal for the Forum -- the fabled venue near the LA airport -- which recently got a $100 million facelift. It's now the largest indoor entertainment venue in the country.

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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.

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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.

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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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