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Last Update on February 27, 2015 14:58 GMT

LUPITA NYONG'O's OSCAR DRESS STOLEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It looked hot when Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh) wore it Oscar night. Now, the $150,000 pearl-adorned dress she rocked on the red carpet is itself hot -- because it's been swiped. Authorities in Los Angeles say Nyong'o has reported the dress stolen. They say the actress told them it disappeared from her hotel room in West Hollywood on Wednesday and a search is now under way to find it. The dress features 6,000 pearls of different sizes and is part of the Calvin Klein Collection. Nyong'o won an Oscar last year for her role in "Twelve Years a Slave" and was a presenter at Sunday's ceremony.

Here are photographers at the 2015 Oscars, clamoring for shots of Lupita Nyong'o. The actress reports the dress she wore Oscar night has been stolen.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON DEFENDS JOHN TRAVOLTA

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss. Scarlett Johansson is defending John Travolta over what some saw as an awkward-looking kiss he planted on her on the red carpet at the Oscars. Some described the kiss as being creepy looking and it launched more than a few Internet memes. But Johansson finds nothing funny about it. In a statement to The Associated Press, she said "there is nothing at all strange, creepy or inappropriate" about Travolta -- and that he is a "class act." Johansson notes the image of the kiss you may have seen online takes their meeting out of context and says it's an example of how "we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle."

WILL SMITH - SEX SYMBOL?

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Will Smith has played a heavyweight boxing champion, a homeless man and many action heroes. But a sex symbol? He says he has trouble wrapping his head around the idea of him being the type of person the ladies swoon over. Smith says he has always been the kind of guy to use his sense of humor, rather than his looks, to win over women. He says he would have appreciated being seen as sexy a couple of decades ago. But instead he says when he was younger he "was goofy." Smith's latest movie is "Focus" and is in theaters today.

Will Smith says he has trouble coming to grips to the idea that he's a sex symbol.

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Will Smith

Will Smith says he wishes people were calling him sexy decades ago. ((note langiuage; cut contains word "damn"))

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Will Smith says his character in "Focus" reflects his level of maturity in life.

WILL PATTON - DUI

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) -- A DUI case for Coach Yost. Will Patton, who coached alongside Denzel Washington in "Remember the Titans, has been charged with DUI in his native South Carolina. Authorities say the actor was stopped on the Isle of Palms Tuesday night and charged in a case after blowing over the state limit of zero-point-oh-8. Apparently not much over the limit. He faces a charge of DUI with a blood-alcohol content of less than 0.10. Patton is 60 and now stars in the TNT series "Falling Skies."

NEW YORK (AP) -- Imagine a world where a cheeky cartoon cat would go around and encourage people to fire carrot sticks at people, instead of Cheetos. That theory is being put to the test by people like actress Jessica Alba. She is part of a campaign to give fruits and vegetables the kind of marketing push that candy bars, potato chips -- and yes, cheese puffs regularly get. It's called FNV -- a supposedly hipper way to say fruits and veggies. Others involved in the pump up fruit and vegetables promotion are NBA star Stephen Curry and NFL stars Cam Newton and Victor Cruz.

TEA LEONI - INSPIRATION

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a question Tea Leoni (TAY'-uh lee-OH'-nee) says she gets asked a lot: after who does she pattern her character in "Madame Secretary?" She says she used to get so tired of being asked, she got to the point where she'd say it was Henry Kissinger -- rather than the obvious choices like Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice or Madeleine Albright. In reality, Leoni says she's inspired by her father. She says her dad is "the most even-keeled, most diplomatic human being" she knows.

`AMERICAN IDOL'

DETROIT (AP) -- It was the ladies' turn on "American Idol" last night. The Top 12 women performed in Detroit, after the guys did their thing Wednesday. The judges agree that Sarina Joi-Crowe brought down the house with her version of "Mamma Knows Best." It's a Jessie J song and J-Lo says Sarina's take rivals the original. Jax also got high marks from the judges, as did Tyanna Jones. Next week, the first eliminations on this season of Idol based on viewer votes.

J-Lo says Sarina equals one of today's top-selling recording artists. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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The judges and Sarina Joi-Crowe

The judges loved Sarina's version of "Mamma Knows Best." OURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

CONAN O'BRIEN - CUBA

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wanna see Conan O'Brien roll his own? You can next week. But you'll be disappointed if you expect that what he'll be rolling is a joint. O'Brien has been taping his show in Havana, Cuba. And in one of the segments he has done, he visits a cigar factory where hundreds of workers make cigars he describes as "works of art." You'll see him try his hand at rolling one of those legendary Cuban cigars. It's believed to be the first time an American talk show has been in Cuba since Jack Paar did a show from the Communist island in 1959.

DIANE SAWYER - PRISON LIFE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Diane Sawyer has been in prison. No, it isn't part of some past life -- but more like her future after giving up the anchor desk at ABC "World News Tonight." She has visited four prisons for a special: "A Nation of Women Behind Bars." During her visits to prisons in Tennessee, Maryland, Florida and Washington, she collected stories on what life is like behind bars for women. The special airs tonight.

NEW MEXICO AND HOLLYWOOD

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Albuquerque, New Mexico is about 700 miles from Los Angeles. But when it comes to producing TV and movies Albuquerque is trying to close the gap with Hollywood. The city was home to "Breaking Bad." And since that AMC show went off the air, officials were worried producers might look elsewhere. But so far, things have worked out. The "Breaking Bad" prequel, "Better Call Saul" is done in Albuquerque. And NBC has begin filming its second season of "The Night Shift." Other projects are said to be in the works.

Country News

Last Update on February 27, 2015 08:08 GMT

TAYLOR SWIFT EXPLAINS WHY SHE SHOWED HER NAVEL

LONDON (AP) -- Either it's a big deal to you or it isn't, depending how into Taylor Swift you are: she has a belly button. Swift had said previously she would not be photographed showing her navel, but then she released photos of herself and her friends in bikinis while on vacation in Hawaii recently. The Taylor Swift belly-button watchers went crazy. Turns out it was her way of thwarting the paparazzi. Swift tells BBC's Radio 1 they were in the middle of the ocean scuba-diving when her security spotted another boat and a photographer with a long lens. Swift says she took her own pictures and posted them on Instagram so the paparazzi photos would be worth less.

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR PEARL JAM'S FORMER DRUMMER

DALLAS (AP) -- Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese (ab-roo-ZES'-ee) is wanted in Texas. The Denton County Crime Stoppers program is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Abbruzzese's arrest. He's wanted on controlled substances charges. Abbruzzese was in Pearl Jam from 1991 to 1994.

HOW TO PRONOUNCE "HOZIER"

CHICAGO (AP) -- Hozier has heard every bad pronunciation of his name. He says he's heard it as "HOH'-sher," "HOO'-see-er," "hoo-see-AY"' and "HOH'-zee-ay." He says, "'Bob' was a very very bad one." While technically it's a French name that should be pronounced "oh-zee-AY'," he says it's been Anglicized to "HOH'-zee-er," and that's how he says it.

SOUND:

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Hozier, musician

Hozier says he's heard many bad pronounciations of his name.

<<CUT ..012 (02/27/15)>> 00:04 "think to Hozier"

Hozier, musician

Hozier was asked to say his name correctly.

<<CUT ..013 (02/27/15)>> 00:11 "would reach radio"

Hozier, musician

Hozier says the song "Take Me To Church" has been a blessing for him.

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Hozier, musician

Hozier says "Take Me To Church" is just the beginning for him.

KANYE WEST TWEETS APOLOGY TO BECK

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kanye West is saying he's sorry to Beck on Twitter. It appeared West was attempting to steal the moment from Beck, when West briefly jumped on stage after Beck won album of the year at the Grammy Awards. West quickly sat back down but later slammed the recording academy for not honoring Beyonce with the award. West also says he's sorry for the things he said about Bruno Mars.

BRIAN WILSON FILM TRAILER GIVES GLIMPSE INTO "LOVE AND MERCY"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A trailer for a movie about Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys has been released. The trailer for "Love and Mercy" shows Paul Dano as young Wilson and John Cusack as the older Wilson. Paul Giamatti plays Wilson's physician, Dr. Eugene Landy. "Love and Mercy" will be in theaters June 5.

Rewind Time

February 28, 2015 08:07 GMT

Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2015. There are 306 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 28, 1940, the first televised college basketball games were broadcast by New York City station W2XBS as Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-37, and New York University beat Georgetown, 50-27, at Madison Square Garden.

On this date:

In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded as the ship was sailing on the Potomac River, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.

In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized.

In 1915, actor-comedian Zero Mostel was born in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth were attacked by Japanese forces during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait; both were sunk shortly after midnight.

In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.

In 1960, a day after defeating the Soviets at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California, the United States won its first Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Czechoslovakia, 9-4.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued the Shanghai Communique, which called for normalizing relations between their countries, at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China.

In 1975, 42 people were killed in London's Underground when a train smashed into the end of a tunnel.

In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme (PAHL'-meh) was shot to death in central Stockholm. (The killing remains unsolved.)

In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began.

In 1995, Denver International Airport opened after 16 months of delays and $3.2 billion in budget overruns.

In 2013, Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate. (Benedict was succeeded the following month by Pope Francis.)

Ten years ago: In Santa Maria, California, the prosecution and defense gave opening statements in the sexual molestation trial of Michael Jackson, who was later acquitted. A U.S. District Judge, Joan Humphrey Lefkow, discovered the bodies of her husband and mother inside her Chicago home. (An unemployed electrician confessed to the murders in a suicide note.) A suicide car bombing targeted at security recruits killed 125 people in Hillah, Iraq. Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigned amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.

Five years ago: Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the United States in the final event of the Vancouver Olympics. Canada earned its 14th gold medal, the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. The American silver was the 37th medal won by the United States at these games, also the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. (The U.S. won the medals race for the first time since 1932.)

One year ago: Delivering a blunt warning to Moscow, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned "there will be costs" for any intervention.

(Stations: "Bobb'e J. Thompson" is correct)

Today's Birthdays: Architect Frank Gehry is 86. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 84. Actor Don Francks is 83. Singer Sam the Sham is 78. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 76. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 75. Actor Frank Bonner is 73. Actress Kelly Bishop is 71. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 68. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 67. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 67. Actress Bernadette Peters is 67. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 67. Actress Ilene Graff is 66. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 62. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 60. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 60. Actor John Turturro is 58. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 58. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 54. Actress Maxine Bahns is 46. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 46. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 46. Author Daniel Handler (AKA "Lemony Snicket") is 45. Actress Tasha Smith is 44. Actor Rory Cochrane is 43. Actress Ali Larter is 39. Country singer Jason Aldean is 38. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 37. Actress Michelle Horn is 28. Actress Madisen Beaty (TV: "The Fosters") is 20. Actress Quinn Shephard is 20. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 19.

Thought for Today: "Who will give me back those days when life had wings and flew just like a skylark in the sky." -- Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French actress and poet (1786-1859).

Copyright 2015, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Rock News

Last Update on February 27, 2015 08:08 GMT

TAYLOR SWIFT EXPLAINS WHY SHE SHOWED HER NAVEL

LONDON (AP) -- Either it's a big deal to you or it isn't, depending how into Taylor Swift you are: she has a belly button. Swift had said previously she would not be photographed showing her navel, but then she released photos of herself and her friends in bikinis while on vacation in Hawaii recently. The Taylor Swift belly-button watchers went crazy. Turns out it was her way of thwarting the paparazzi. Swift tells BBC's Radio 1 they were in the middle of the ocean scuba-diving when her security spotted another boat and a photographer with a long lens. Swift says she took her own pictures and posted them on Instagram so the paparazzi photos would be worth less.

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR PEARL JAM'S FORMER DRUMMER

DALLAS (AP) -- Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese (ab-roo-ZES'-ee) is wanted in Texas. The Denton County Crime Stoppers program is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Abbruzzese's arrest. He's wanted on controlled substances charges. Abbruzzese was in Pearl Jam from 1991 to 1994.

HOW TO PRONOUNCE "HOZIER"

CHICAGO (AP) -- Hozier has heard every bad pronunciation of his name. He says he's heard it as "HOH'-sher," "HOO'-see-er," "hoo-see-AY"' and "HOH'-zee-ay." He says, "'Bob' was a very very bad one." While technically it's a French name that should be pronounced "oh-zee-AY'," he says it's been Anglicized to "HOH'-zee-er," and that's how he says it.

SOUND:

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Hozier, musician

Hozier says he's heard many bad pronounciations of his name.

<<CUT ..012 (02/27/15)>> 00:04 "think to Hozier"

Hozier, musician

Hozier was asked to say his name correctly.

<<CUT ..013 (02/27/15)>> 00:11 "would reach radio"

Hozier, musician

Hozier says the song "Take Me To Church" has been a blessing for him.

<<CUT ..014 (02/27/15)>> 00:08 "remember me for"

Hozier, musician

Hozier says "Take Me To Church" is just the beginning for him.

KANYE WEST TWEETS APOLOGY TO BECK

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kanye West is saying he's sorry to Beck on Twitter. It appeared West was attempting to steal the moment from Beck, when West briefly jumped on stage after Beck won album of the year at the Grammy Awards. West quickly sat back down but later slammed the recording academy for not honoring Beyonce with the award. West also says he's sorry for the things he said about Bruno Mars.

BRIAN WILSON FILM TRAILER GIVES GLIMPSE INTO "LOVE AND MERCY"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A trailer for a movie about Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys has been released. The trailer for "Love and Mercy" shows Paul Dano as young Wilson and John Cusack as the older Wilson. Paul Giamatti plays Wilson's physician, Dr. Eugene Landy. "Love and Mercy" will be in theaters June 5.

Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

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

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

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

Online:

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

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

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

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

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

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Nicki Minaj

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

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

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

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

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

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

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

Online:

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

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

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Sound of Justin Bieber

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

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Sound of Taylor Swift

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

THE X FACTOR

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

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

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Simon Cowell

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

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Tate Stevens, contestant

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

GABBY DOUGLAS: MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

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

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: FORMER NBA STAR ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

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

LUTHER VANDROSS: LOOKING BACK

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

MISSY ELLIOTT: LOOKING BACK

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

MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK

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

O.V. WRIGHT: LOOKING BACK

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

LISA BONET/LENNY KRAVITZ: LOOKING BACK

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

LISA BONET: BIRTHDAY

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

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