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Last Update on October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY-"INTERSTELLAR"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's expected to be one of the top movies of the year. And with "Interstellar" soon hitting theaters, we'll see whether the predictions will come true. The movie is set in the near future -- after Earth has been hit with a blight that wipes out most of its food sources. Enter Matthew McConaughey -- or at least his character. He plays a widowed pilot who is asked to leave his children behind to head out on a space mission to find out if there are any other planets where humans can thrive. McConaughey says he didn't quite grasp the science behind the movie. He says it took him more than five hours to get through his first read of the script. Even then, he had questions for director Christopher Nolan and the astrophysicist who was helping with the production. The movie opens next week.

Matthew McConaughey says it took some time to get his head around the script for "Interstellar," even with the help of director Christopher Nolan. ((longer version of cut in wrap))

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey says once he got a handle on the science behind "Interstellar," he was able to dive into the role.

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey says unlike most kids, he never dreamed of being an astronaut. ((longer version of cut used in wrap))

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Sound of Matthew McConaughey

Sound of Matthew McConaughey from the trailer for the movie "Interstellar."

NICOLE KIDMAN-SHEEPISH

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nicole Kidman can pretty much get whatever kind of part she wants these days. But that wasn't the case when she was 5 -- and she missed out on a coveted role. She says she wanted to play Mary or maybe an angel in her school's nativity play. But she ended up cast as a sheep. She says she still remembers her costume: one of those fleece-looking car seats cover converted into an outfit by her mom. She says playing a sheep wasn't her finest moment as an actress, but she "felt amazing." She says she "bleated through the whole play" and even got a laugh -- and she was hooked. Kidman stars in "Before I Go To Sleep" a movie about a woman whose memory is wiped clean every night.

Nicole Kidman recalls her first acting role.

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman says while she wanted a bigger role, she was thrilled with her first acting part.

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman recalls some of her earliest childhood memories. ((note length of cut))

ALLMAN MOVIE-LAWSUIT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Gregg Allman is no longer involved in a lawsuit filed by the family of a movie crew worker killed by a train during the shooting of a movie about the musician. Lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones say they have decided to dismiss all claims against Allman and two other parties. The decision was made after going over thousands of documents and other evidence in the case. The attorney says it's clear Allman "had no involvement" in any of the decisions that led to Jones' death. Allman was an executive producer of the movie based on his life story -- but has moved to distance himself from the project since the crew member's death. Members of the crew were struck by a freight train as they worked on a rail bridge. CSX says it denied the film crew access to the area.

CHRIS BROWN-SETTLEMENT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Brown has settled a lawsuit stemming from his punching a man outside a Washington D.C. hotel a year ago. The lawyer for the man who suffered a broken nose in the incident says his client and Brown have reached a deal on a lawsuit. No details on how much the settlement was worth. Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on Sept. 2. The singer admitted hitting Parker Adams, who tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women outside the W hotel in October 2013. Brown was sentenced to time served.

"TINY" HARRIS-EYES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some people are criticizing reality TV star Tiny Harris -- for failing to keep it real when it comes to her eyes. She's drawing fire from social media haters and some eye doctors over a procedure she underwent to have her eyes permanently lightened. They were once brown; now they're ice gray. Harris is thrilled with the results, telling ABC she had the cosmetic eye implants done in Africa. She says of her new eyes: "they're amazing." Some medical pros aren't so impressed. New York ophthalmologist James Tsai says such cosmetic procedures are illegal in the U.S. And he says those who have the procedure run the risk of getting glaucoma, cataracts, bleeding in the eyes -- or problems with their corneas.

"THE VIEW"-NEWS

NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a tug-of-war between two divisions within ABC -- entertainment and news. "The View" will now come under the command and control of ABC News. The move ends an 18-year run with the daytime chat-fest being under the network's entertainment wing. It may prove to be a hollow victory. The show's ratings have dropped since shifting to a new set of hosts going into this season. The current panel is made up of Rosie O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez -- and the lone holdover from the glory days, Whoopi Goldberg.

"GAME OF THRONES"-SUSPENSION

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- "Game of Thrones" is a popular TV series. But a slogan from the HBO show wasn't as well received when it ended up posted online by a New Jersey professor. Francis Schmidt teaches art and animation at Bergen County Community College. He says he was suspended eight days after posting a photo of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a T-shirt with the slogan: "I will take what is mine with fire and blood." Now school officials have overturned the punishment, saying the suspension may have violated his constitutional rights. Schmidt said that school officials wondered if the reference was a threat against a dean, who was one of the people who saw the online post.

JORGE GARCIA-COSTUME

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If you see a rather large fellow decked out in an Elvis costume today, take a close look -- you might have seen him on TV. Jorge Garcia says he has forked over $3,700 on a "Dragon" jumpsuit, styled after the kind Elvis Presley used to wear. It's white with colorful dragons stitched into the front and back. Garcia says he always wanted to have one -- and now that he has made good money from "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O," he decided to splurge.

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Last Update on October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

TAYLOR SWIFT: WELCOME TO NEW YORK?

NEW YORK (AP) -- New Yorkers are not too hot on the idea of Taylor Swift being the official tourism ambassador for the city. The Daily News calls her appointment "absurd," and a Brooklyn city councilman is wondering why no native New Yorkers were chosen. Spokesman Chris Heywood of the tourism agency, NYC and Company, says Swift is the number one global pop star right now. Heywood says she has "the wonderment and excitement" that people have when they first come to New York. The New York Post has a softer approach to Swift. It writes the promotions featuring Swift are not aimed at New Yorkers but people who live elsewhere.

SOUND:

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent

New Yorkers are questioning the choice of singer Taylor Swift as the new face of the city. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports Taylor Swift moved to New York only last year.

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift performing "Welcome to New York."

TINY HARRIS OF XSCAPE UNDER FIRE FOR EYE LIGHTENING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tiny Harris is defending her choice to have a procedure that permanently lightened the color of her eyes. The former Xscape singer and wife of rapper T.I. says she traveled to Africa about two weeks ago for cosmetic implants that changed her eyes from brown to ice gray. She tells "Good Morning America" she thinks they're "amazing." A spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology says such procedures are illegal in the U.S. and are considered dangerous. Harris says T.I. wasn't on board at first but is OK with them as long as she's healthy.

"BLURRED LINES" DISPUTE WILL GO TO TRIAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered a jury trial to sort out whether the Robin Thicke song "Blurred Lines" rips off Marvin Gaye's music. The judge determined there is a genuine dispute about whether "Blurred Lines" copies Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up." A trial is set for February 10. The judge also ruled that a trial will be needed to decide whether Thicke's song "Love After War" copies Gaye's song "After The Dance." A lawyer for Thicke says he's confident Thicke and collaborator Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams will win. A representative for Gaye's children did not have an immediate comment on the ruling.

SUGE KNIGHT JAILED

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Death Row Records founder Suge (SHUG) Knight was arrested the day before he had to appear in court on an unrelated charge. Knight is in a Las Vegas jail after he was taken into custody Wednesday night on charges he and comedian Katt Williams stole a celebrity photographer's camera last month in Beverly Hills, California. Knight appeared in court in Las Vegas yesterday on an unrelated suspended-license charge that was reduced to a $190 fine. Knight will have an extradition hearing Monday. He has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

GREGG ALLMAN NO LONGER BEING SUED OVER FILM DEATH

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Gregg Allman has been dropped from a lawsuit by the family of a camera assistant who was killed while working on a movie of his life. Lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones say they are dismissing their claims against Allman. They say after reviewing evidence in the case, it's clear that Allman had no involvement in the decisions that led to Jones' death. Allman was an executive producer for the film "Midnight Rider." Jones was killed during the first day of filming in February when a freight train slammed into the crew on a railroad bridge in southeast Georgia. Jones' parents are still suing the film's director, railroad company CSX Transportation and the owner of the property surrounding the crash site.

BASTILLE PONDER "POMPEII"

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bastille did not think "Pompeii" would be the monster hit it is. They thought their latest single, "Flaws," would be the hit. Singer Dan Smith says while Bastille released nine singles in the U.K., "Pompeii" far exceeded their expectations in the U.S. Drummer Chris Wood says "Flaws" was their first release ever, even before they had a record deal. Bastille had printed 300 copies of it on vinyl in 2011. Wood says it's weird that "Flaws" started it all for them and it will probably be the last single in the U.S. before the band heads in the studio next year.

SOUND:

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Chris Wood, drummer for Bastille

Bastille drummer Chris Wood says they are coming full circle in the U.S. with the song "Flaws."

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Chris Wood, drummer for Bastille

Bastille drummer Chris Wood says they thought "Flaws" would be their breakthrough hit.

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Dan Smith, singer for Bastille

Bastille singer Dan Smith says they would have released more songs in the U.S. if "Pompeii" had not been such a hit. ((note length of cut))

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Dan Smith, singer for Bastille

Bastille singer Dan Smith says they plan to record new music after the new year but they don't know how it will sound yet.

BRONZE BUST OF JOHN DENVER STOLEN

DENVER (AP) -- John Denver's head is missing. Denver radio station KBPI-FM is pleading for the return of a bronze bust of Denver at the 1st Bank Center that was pried from its base Tuesday night during the station's Saints and Sinners heavy-metal ball. The station is asking for its return, no questions asked. The bust belongs to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and was donated by Denver's family when he became the first inductee in 2011. Police say they have no leads in the theft.

LIONEL RICHIE DIDN'T LIKE THE BUST IN THE "HELLO" VIDEO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Did you think the Lionel Richie bust that the blind woman creates in the "Hello" video looks anything like him? He doesn't. Richie tells Billboard he told director Bob Giraldi, "It doesn't look like me," and Giraldi said, "We'll talk about it later." They shot the scene where Richie sees the bust and again he said, "It doesn't look like me." Giraldi told him, "Lionel, she's blind. End of subject." Richie took that to mean it was supposed to be a little off. However, he says it worried him to death standing next to it and he thought, "I hope the world doesn't see me looking like this."

RICHIE SAMBORA SINGS AT BREEDERS' CUP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Richie Sambora will sing the national anthem before this weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic horse race. The event is tomorrow in Arcadia, California, and it will be shown on NBC Sports Network. Sambora performed at last year's Breeders' Cup by doing the "Call to the Post" on guitar.

Rewind Time

November 01, 2014 07:09 GMT

Today is Saturday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2014. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday. Clocks go back one hour.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 1, 1954, Algerian nationalists began their successful 7-year rebellion against French rule.

On this date:

In 1512, Michelangelo's just-completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel were publicly unveiled by the artist's patron, Pope Julius II.

In 1604, William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" was presented at Whitehall Palace in London.

In 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.

In 1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln named Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan General-in-Chief of the Union armies, succeeding Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott.

In 1864, the U.S. Postal money order system was established by an act of Congress.

In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.

In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Rome and Berlin.

In 1944, "Harvey," a comedy by Mary Chase about a genial fellow named Elwood P. Dowd and his friend, an invisible six-foot-three rabbit, opened on Broadway.

In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named "Ivy Mike," at Enewetak (en-ih-WEE'-tahk) Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America unveiled its new voluntary film rating system: G for general, M for mature (later changed to GP, then PG), R for restricted and X (later changed to NC-17) for adults only.

In 1979, former first lady Mamie Eisenhower died in Washington, D.C., at age 82.

In 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee to the West.

Ten years ago: American contract worker Roy Hallums was one of several people kidnapped during an armed assault on the Baghdad compound where he lived (Hallums was rescued by coalition forces on Sept. 7, 2005). A 16-year-old Palestinian laden with explosives blew himself up in an outdoor market in Tel Aviv, killing three Israelis. U.N. nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei (ehl-BEHR'-uh-day) urged Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and called on North Korea to dismantle its weapons program.

Five years ago: Afghan President Hamid Karzai's challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from an upcoming runoff election, effectively handing Karzai a victory. Lender CIT Group filed one of the biggest Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in U.S. corporate history. (CIT Group emerged from bankruptcy protection the following month.) The New York Yankees took a 3-1 lead in the World Series as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4. Meb Keflezighi (keh-FLEZ'-gee) became the first U.S. man in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon, in a time of 2:09:15; Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu won the women's title in 2:28:52.

One year ago: A man carrying a bag with a note that said he "wanted to kill TSA" opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA officer and wounding two others; the gunman, who was wounded, was taken into custody. (Gerardo Hernandez, 39, became the first TSA officer in the agency's 12-year history to be killed in the line of duty; Paul Ciancia pleaded not guilty to 11 federal charges, including murder of a federal officer.) A U.S. drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud (hah-kee-MUH'-lah meh-SOOD'), leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Betsy Palmer is 88. Golfer Gary Player is 79. Country singer Bill Anderson is 77. Actress Barbara Bosson is 75. Actor Robert Foxworth is 73. Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is 72. Country singer-humorist Kinky Friedman is 70. Actress Jeannie Berlin is 65. Music producer David Foster is 65. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald Khalis Bell (Kool and the Gang) is 63. Country singer-songwriter-producer Keith Stegall is 60. Country singer Lyle Lovett is 57. Actress Rachel Ticotin is 56. Rock musician Eddie MacDonald (The Alarm) is 55. Actress Helene Udy is 53. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 52. Pop singer-musician Mags Furuholmen (a-ha) is 52. Rock musician Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 51. Country singer "Big Kenny" Alphin (Big and Rich) is 51. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins is 50. Rapper Willie D (Geto Boys) is 48. Country musician Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive) is 45. Actress Toni Collette is 42. Actress-talk show host Jenny McCarthy is 42. Rock musician Andrew Gonzales is 42. Actor David Berman is 41. Actress Aishwarya Rai (ash-WAHR'-ee-ah rye) is 41. Rock singer Bo Bice is 39. Actor Matt Jones is 33. Actress Natalia Tena is 30. Actor Penn Badgley is 28. Actor Max Burkholder is 17. Actor-musician Alex Wolff is 17.

Thought for Today: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' -- she always called me Elwood -- 'In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." -- "Elwood P. Dowd" from the play "Harvey" by Mary Chase (1906-1981).

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Last Update on October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

TAYLOR SWIFT: WELCOME TO NEW YORK?

NEW YORK (AP) -- New Yorkers are not too hot on the idea of Taylor Swift being the official tourism ambassador for the city. The Daily News calls her appointment "absurd," and a Brooklyn city councilman is wondering why no native New Yorkers were chosen. Spokesman Chris Heywood of the tourism agency, NYC and Company, says Swift is the number one global pop star right now. Heywood says she has "the wonderment and excitement" that people have when they first come to New York. The New York Post has a softer approach to Swift. It writes the promotions featuring Swift are not aimed at New Yorkers but people who live elsewhere.

SOUND:

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent

New Yorkers are questioning the choice of singer Taylor Swift as the new face of the city. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports Taylor Swift moved to New York only last year.

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift performing "Welcome to New York."

TINY HARRIS OF XSCAPE UNDER FIRE FOR EYE LIGHTENING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tiny Harris is defending her choice to have a procedure that permanently lightened the color of her eyes. The former Xscape singer and wife of rapper T.I. says she traveled to Africa about two weeks ago for cosmetic implants that changed her eyes from brown to ice gray. She tells "Good Morning America" she thinks they're "amazing." A spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology says such procedures are illegal in the U.S. and are considered dangerous. Harris says T.I. wasn't on board at first but is OK with them as long as she's healthy.

"BLURRED LINES" DISPUTE WILL GO TO TRIAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered a jury trial to sort out whether the Robin Thicke song "Blurred Lines" rips off Marvin Gaye's music. The judge determined there is a genuine dispute about whether "Blurred Lines" copies Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up." A trial is set for February 10. The judge also ruled that a trial will be needed to decide whether Thicke's song "Love After War" copies Gaye's song "After The Dance." A lawyer for Thicke says he's confident Thicke and collaborator Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams will win. A representative for Gaye's children did not have an immediate comment on the ruling.

SUGE KNIGHT JAILED

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Death Row Records founder Suge (SHUG) Knight was arrested the day before he had to appear in court on an unrelated charge. Knight is in a Las Vegas jail after he was taken into custody Wednesday night on charges he and comedian Katt Williams stole a celebrity photographer's camera last month in Beverly Hills, California. Knight appeared in court in Las Vegas yesterday on an unrelated suspended-license charge that was reduced to a $190 fine. Knight will have an extradition hearing Monday. He has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

GREGG ALLMAN NO LONGER BEING SUED OVER FILM DEATH

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Gregg Allman has been dropped from a lawsuit by the family of a camera assistant who was killed while working on a movie of his life. Lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones say they are dismissing their claims against Allman. They say after reviewing evidence in the case, it's clear that Allman had no involvement in the decisions that led to Jones' death. Allman was an executive producer for the film "Midnight Rider." Jones was killed during the first day of filming in February when a freight train slammed into the crew on a railroad bridge in southeast Georgia. Jones' parents are still suing the film's director, railroad company CSX Transportation and the owner of the property surrounding the crash site.

BASTILLE PONDER "POMPEII"

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bastille did not think "Pompeii" would be the monster hit it is. They thought their latest single, "Flaws," would be the hit. Singer Dan Smith says while Bastille released nine singles in the U.K., "Pompeii" far exceeded their expectations in the U.S. Drummer Chris Wood says "Flaws" was their first release ever, even before they had a record deal. Bastille had printed 300 copies of it on vinyl in 2011. Wood says it's weird that "Flaws" started it all for them and it will probably be the last single in the U.S. before the band heads in the studio next year.

SOUND:

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Chris Wood, drummer for Bastille

Bastille drummer Chris Wood says they are coming full circle in the U.S. with the song "Flaws."

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Chris Wood, drummer for Bastille

Bastille drummer Chris Wood says they thought "Flaws" would be their breakthrough hit.

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Dan Smith, singer for Bastille

Bastille singer Dan Smith says they would have released more songs in the U.S. if "Pompeii" had not been such a hit. ((note length of cut))

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Dan Smith, singer for Bastille

Bastille singer Dan Smith says they plan to record new music after the new year but they don't know how it will sound yet.

BRONZE BUST OF JOHN DENVER STOLEN

DENVER (AP) -- John Denver's head is missing. Denver radio station KBPI-FM is pleading for the return of a bronze bust of Denver at the 1st Bank Center that was pried from its base Tuesday night during the station's Saints and Sinners heavy-metal ball. The station is asking for its return, no questions asked. The bust belongs to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and was donated by Denver's family when he became the first inductee in 2011. Police say they have no leads in the theft.

LIONEL RICHIE DIDN'T LIKE THE BUST IN THE "HELLO" VIDEO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Did you think the Lionel Richie bust that the blind woman creates in the "Hello" video looks anything like him? He doesn't. Richie tells Billboard he told director Bob Giraldi, "It doesn't look like me," and Giraldi said, "We'll talk about it later." They shot the scene where Richie sees the bust and again he said, "It doesn't look like me." Giraldi told him, "Lionel, she's blind. End of subject." Richie took that to mean it was supposed to be a little off. However, he says it worried him to death standing next to it and he thought, "I hope the world doesn't see me looking like this."

RICHIE SAMBORA SINGS AT BREEDERS' CUP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Richie Sambora will sing the national anthem before this weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic horse race. The event is tomorrow in Arcadia, California, and it will be shown on NBC Sports Network. Sambora performed at last year's Breeders' Cup by doing the "Call to the Post" on guitar.

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))

<<CUT ..003 (11/16/12)>> 00:05 "home is Jennel"

Simon Cowell

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

<<CUT ..004 (11/16/12)>> 00:07 "you so much"

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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