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Entertainment News

Last Update on December 22, 2014 08:06 GMT

SONY HACK - ADMINISTRATION RESPONSE

HONOLULU (AP) -- Is the hacking of Sony an act of terrorism? It's a decision the White House has to make as it tries to figure out what to do in response to the attack, which it has blamed on North Korea. President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The president calls the hacking of the movie studio an "act of cybervandalism" -- as opposed to an act of war. Meanwhile, Sony is promising to release "The Interview" -- the movie that launched the entire international incident. The comedy involves a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

SONY HACK - CELEB REAX

NEW YORK (AP) -- Roselyn Sanchez says she understands how some people feel Sony's cancellation of the release of "The Interview" makes it look like the company and the country is "giving in" to a cyberattack. But the actress feels the most important thing is "safety first." As for those who feel that "The Interview" should be released no matter what to defy demands by the hackers, she says people should remember "this is just a movie, guys." Ryan Guzman says the invasion of privacy the Sony hacking caused "is a little bit crazy." But he says he doesn't have much to say on the subject except that he wishes "the hackers wouldn't do what they are doing."

SONY HACK - GOP REACTION

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP says the best way to respond to the Sony hack -- is to buy a ticket to the movie "The Interview." The Republican party says supporters should buy a ticket to the movie -- if theater owners decide to show the film. In a letter to theater chain executives, GOP chief Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says he's worried that a foreign government like North Korea is being allowed to decide which movies Americans can and can't watch. Priebus says while Hollywood and the Republican party have had their differences, the situation over "The Interview" is a matter of freedom and free enterprise.

SONY HACK - OTHER PLOTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It isn't just Kim Jong Un. The North Korean leader is not the only world figure who has been targeted for being bumped off in some kind of crazy Hollywood plot. Others who have been targeted by Hollywood films include Queen Elizabeth II, Saddam Hussein and Pope Pius XIII. But unlike "The Interview," those other movies actually made it to the big screen. Sony has pulled "The Interview" in the face of threats by hackers. The White House has blamed the attack on North Korea.

SONY HACK - TOO SOON?

UNDATED (AP) -- It was a comedy that led to the whole Sony hacking to begin with. So is it poor taste to be cracking wise about the situation? So far, the answer seems to be "no." One of the first to mine the situation for comedy is Chris Rock. In promoting his movie "Top Five," Rock noted his movie was "very Korean-friendly" -- and that "there are no jokes about North Korea." It was Rock who, during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this fall, took pokes at making jokes about the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing. And this past weekend, SNL did a bit on "The Interview" controversy. One expert on the way the entertainment industry works suggests that some comedians are shying away from the issue because they don't want to become targets themselves.

Bobby Moynihan portrayed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a Saturday Night Live skit. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Bobby Moynihan

Bobby Moynihan portrayed Kim Jong-un on a Saturday Night Live skit, saying he wasn't going to bow to North Korean threats, as fake lazer targets trained on his chest. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Mike Myers

Mike Myers reprised the role of "Austin Powers" villain Dr. Evil, joking that the leader of North Korea should have something better to do than try to kill a movie that poked fun at him. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))

BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK (AP) -- With Sony putting "The Interview" on the shelf for now, the attention turns to the movies that are actually being released. The top one this past weekend -- "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." It took in $56.2 million over the weekend. It has pulled in $90 million plus opening on Wednesday. Number two is "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb." It took in just $17.3 million, well off the debut pace of previous versions of the movie franchise. Last week's top movie, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" was bumped all the way down to fourth, with just $8.1 million. The Fox release saw 67 percent of its week-one take burn off during week two.

There's no North Korea in Middle Earth. The AP's Jamie Friar reports movie-goers aren't staying home in the wake of terrorist threats against movie theaters.

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Sound of Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan

Sound of Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the number-one movie at the box office this weekend.

BILL COSBY - RADIO SILENCE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He portrayed a person revered as America's dad. But these days, for Bill Cosby -- mum's the word. He has gone silent in the face of numerous allegations of sexual assault. And legal experts suggest that may be the best he can do at this point. While the public may be clamoring for Cosby to defend himself, Eugene Volokh of UCLA says speaking out may be the only thing to keep him from saying something that might be libelous. If that happens, Cosby could open himself up to new legal problems .

Country News

Last Update on December 22, 2014 08:11 GMT

LANCE BASS MARRIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lance Bass of 'N Sync has married his partner, Michael Turchin. People magazine reports Bass and Turchin were married at a hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. Actresses JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Jamie-Lynn Sigler officiated. Bass tweets Turchin "makes me smile; he makes my heart melt; he makes me...me." All of 'N Sync attended the wedding except Justin Timberlake, who is on tour, and Bass says Timberlake felt bad he couldn't be there. E! will run a 90-minute special on the wedding on February 5.

ASHANTI STALKER TRIAL ENDS IN MISTRIAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ashanti is appalled that she might have to face her accused stalker in court again, but she'll do it to see the case through. A juror's illness prompted a mistrial during deliberations Thursday in Devar Hurd's case. He's charged for the second time in five years with harassing Ashanti or her relatives. He is representing himself in court, which means Hurd was able to question Ashanti face to face. Ashanti says she's "shocked and horrified at the thought of going through this ordeal again" but she will do whatever it takes to make sure her family is safe and justice is served. Hurd is accused of tweeting risque messages to Ashanti and of posing for a photo with Ashanti's sister, in spite of a court order not to contact her family. Hurd was convicted in 2009 of stalking and harassment.

USHER ASKS FOR RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST WOMAN

ATLANTA (AP) -- Usher is seeking a restraining order against a woman he says is stalking him and attempting to extort money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Usher has filed a petition asking a court to prevent Darshelle Jones-Rakestraw from harassing him at home and on tour. Usher won a 12-month protective order against her after she was arrested for trespassing at his home in Atlanta in 2012. Usher's attorneys say Jones-Rakestraw called them demanding money and told members of his security team she was going to follow Usher on tour and "get him."

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN 2011 INDIANA STATE FAIR STAGE COLLAPSE

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants will pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011. Seven people were killed and nearly 100 injured when high winds toppled the stage just before Sugarland went on. A confidentiality clause prevents the parties involved from disclosing how much each defendant agreed to pay. Sugarland had previously testified they had left decisions about whether concerts should proceed to their tour manager. Two investigations found the stage rigging did not meet industry safety standards and fair officials did not have a complete emergency plan.

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Sound of Sugarland

Sound of Sugarland performing at a free concert in October 2011 to benefit the victims of stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

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Jennifer Nettles, Sugarland singer

At a free concert in October 2011, Jennifer Nettles said the Indiana State Fair stage collapse two months earlier changed everyone.

WHY DARLENE LOVE ENDED UP ON THE PIANO ON "LETTERMAN"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Darlene Love purposely ended up on top of the piano for this year's version of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's show. It's so she wouldn't start bawling on national TV. Love tells The New York Times she would have broken down in tears if Letterman had tried to hug her. She knew Letterman would not come on top of the piano. She shook his hand instead. It was the 21st and final time Love performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on Letterman's show. He will end his run with CBS in May.

JACK WHITE'S EARLY SINGLE LOCATED TWICE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- It just might pay to rip apart your couch. Jack White's Third Man Records confirms two copies of the second single by The Upholsterers has been found. The Upholsterers was White's group with Brian Muldoon when they both worked as upholsterers in Detroit in 2004. They hid 100 copies of the vinyl single, called "Your Furniture Was Always Dead...I Was Just Afraid To Tell You," inside furniture they reupholstered. Third Man Records says the singles were found by two different people in two different pieces of furniture.

MADONNA RELEASES LEAKED SONGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Madonna has rush-released six songs from her upcoming album. Her publicist says the six-song EP was released because several demos were leaked last week. Madonna says she had hoped to release the song "Living For Love" on Valentine's Day and the album, "Rebel Heart," in the spring. She says she prefers fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of incomplete tracks that are on the Internet. She says fans should consider the six songs "an early Christmas gift."

ECHOSMITH MARK CHRISTMAS WITH PJ'S

CHICAGO (AP) -- Echosmith are all about pajamas at Christmas. Singer Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah) says they always get pajamas on Christmas Eve, and no matter how silly they are, they must wear them. Sierota says it's getting more interesting now that they're getting older. Echosmith consists of four siblings, and their parents usually tour with them, so Sierota says it's not like they come home at Christmas to see their family because they're together all the time. She says they usually see a movie on Christmas Day and it always seems to be something like "Transformers."

SOUND:

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Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says spending time with her family at Christmas is not that big a deal because they see each other every day on tour.

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Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says Christmas at her house is pretty low-key.

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Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says they have a Christmas tradition in her family.

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Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says her family has a tradition of getting pajamas on Christmas Eve.

Rewind Time

December 22, 2014 08:06 GMT

Today is Monday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2014. There are nine days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 22, 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe rejected a German demand for surrender, writing "Nuts!" in his official reply.

On this date:

In 1775, Esek Hopkins was appointed the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy.

In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman said in a message to President Abraham Lincoln: "I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah."

In 1894, French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. (Dreyfus was eventually vindicated.)

In 1910, a fire lasting more than 26 hours broke out at the Chicago Union Stock Yards; 21 firefighters were killed in the collapse of a burning building.

In 1937, the first, center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel connecting New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River was opened to traffic. (The second tube opened in 1945, the third in 1957.)

In 1944, former silent film comedian Harry Langdon (once considered a rival to Charles Chaplin) died in Los Angeles at age 60.

In 1968, Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower in a private ceremony in New York.

In 1977, three dozen people were killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Company plant in Westwego, Louisiana, exploded.

In 1984, New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot and wounded four youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him.

In 1989, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu (chow-SHES'-koo), the last of Eastern Europe's hard-line Communist rulers, was toppled from power in a popular uprising. Playwright Samuel Beckett died in Paris at age 83.

In 1992, a Libyan Boeing 727 jetliner crashed after a midair collision with a MiG fighter, killing all 157 aboard the jetliner, and both crew members of the fighter jet.

In 2001, Richard C. Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers. (Reid is serving a life sentence in federal prison.)

Ten years ago: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, stung by criticism that he'd been insensitive to the needs of troops and their families, offered an impassioned defense, saying when he would meet wounded soldiers or relatives of those killed in battle, "their grief is something I feel to my core." Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault, more than nine months after slugging Colorado forward Steve Moore from behind during a game.

Five years ago: Assailants gunned down the mother, aunt and siblings of a Mexican marine who was killed in a raid that took out one of Mexico's most powerful cartel leaders. Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo) became the first defensive player voted The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year.

One year ago: Mikhail Khodorkovsky (mih-hah-EEL' khoh-dohr-KAHV'-skee), the Russian oligarch who'd crossed President Vladimir Putin and ended up in jail for 10 years, told a press conference in Berlin that he planned to devote his life to securing the release of the country's political prisoners. President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family temporarily skipped the beach in Hawaii to attend the Oregon State-Akron game at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu. (Oregon State, coached by first lady Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, lost to Akron, 83-71.)

Today's Birthdays: Former House Speaker Jim Wright is 92. Actor Hector Elizondo is 78. Country singer Red Steagall is 76. Former World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz is 71. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton is 70. Former ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is 69. Rock singer-musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 66. Rock singer-musician Michael Bacon is 66. Baseball All-Star Steve Garvey is 66. Golfer Jan Stephenson is 63. Actress BernNadette Stanis is 61. Rapper Luther "Luke" Campbell is 54. Country singer-musician Chuck Mead is 54. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 52. Actress Lauralee Bell is 46. Country singer Lori McKenna is 46. Actress Dina Meyer is 46. Actress Heather Donahue is 41. Actor Chris Carmack is 34. Actor Logan Huffman is 25. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jordin Sparks is 25. Pop singer Meghan Trainor is 21.

Thought for Today: "My mistakes are my life." -- Samuel Beckett (1906-1989).

Rock News

Last Update on December 22, 2014 08:11 GMT

LANCE BASS MARRIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lance Bass of 'N Sync has married his partner, Michael Turchin. People magazine reports Bass and Turchin were married at a hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. Actresses JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Jamie-Lynn Sigler officiated. Bass tweets Turchin "makes me smile; he makes my heart melt; he makes me...me." All of 'N Sync attended the wedding except Justin Timberlake, who is on tour, and Bass says Timberlake felt bad he couldn't be there. E! will run a 90-minute special on the wedding on February 5.

ASHANTI STALKER TRIAL ENDS IN MISTRIAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ashanti is appalled that she might have to face her accused stalker in court again, but she'll do it to see the case through. A juror's illness prompted a mistrial during deliberations Thursday in Devar Hurd's case. He's charged for the second time in five years with harassing Ashanti or her relatives. He is representing himself in court, which means Hurd was able to question Ashanti face to face. Ashanti says she's "shocked and horrified at the thought of going through this ordeal again" but she will do whatever it takes to make sure her family is safe and justice is served. Hurd is accused of tweeting risque messages to Ashanti and of posing for a photo with Ashanti's sister, in spite of a court order not to contact her family. Hurd was convicted in 2009 of stalking and harassment.

USHER ASKS FOR RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST WOMAN

ATLANTA (AP) -- Usher is seeking a restraining order against a woman he says is stalking him and attempting to extort money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Usher has filed a petition asking a court to prevent Darshelle Jones-Rakestraw from harassing him at home and on tour. Usher won a 12-month protective order against her after she was arrested for trespassing at his home in Atlanta in 2012. Usher's attorneys say Jones-Rakestraw called them demanding money and told members of his security team she was going to follow Usher on tour and "get him."

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN 2011 INDIANA STATE FAIR STAGE COLLAPSE

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants will pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011. Seven people were killed and nearly 100 injured when high winds toppled the stage just before Sugarland went on. A confidentiality clause prevents the parties involved from disclosing how much each defendant agreed to pay. Sugarland had previously testified they had left decisions about whether concerts should proceed to their tour manager. Two investigations found the stage rigging did not meet industry safety standards and fair officials did not have a complete emergency plan.

SOUND:

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Sound of Sugarland

Sound of Sugarland performing at a free concert in October 2011 to benefit the victims of stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

<<CUT ..011 (12/22/14)>> 00:10 "what happened then"

Jennifer Nettles, Sugarland singer

At a free concert in October 2011, Jennifer Nettles said the Indiana State Fair stage collapse two months earlier changed everyone.

WHY DARLENE LOVE ENDED UP ON THE PIANO ON "LETTERMAN"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Darlene Love purposely ended up on top of the piano for this year's version of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's show. It's so she wouldn't start bawling on national TV. Love tells The New York Times she would have broken down in tears if Letterman had tried to hug her. She knew Letterman would not come on top of the piano. She shook his hand instead. It was the 21st and final time Love performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on Letterman's show. He will end his run with CBS in May.

JACK WHITE'S EARLY SINGLE LOCATED TWICE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- It just might pay to rip apart your couch. Jack White's Third Man Records confirms two copies of the second single by The Upholsterers has been found. The Upholsterers was White's group with Brian Muldoon when they both worked as upholsterers in Detroit in 2004. They hid 100 copies of the vinyl single, called "Your Furniture Was Always Dead...I Was Just Afraid To Tell You," inside furniture they reupholstered. Third Man Records says the singles were found by two different people in two different pieces of furniture.

MADONNA RELEASES LEAKED SONGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Madonna has rush-released six songs from her upcoming album. Her publicist says the six-song EP was released because several demos were leaked last week. Madonna says she had hoped to release the song "Living For Love" on Valentine's Day and the album, "Rebel Heart," in the spring. She says she prefers fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of incomplete tracks that are on the Internet. She says fans should consider the six songs "an early Christmas gift."

ECHOSMITH MARK CHRISTMAS WITH PJ'S

CHICAGO (AP) -- Echosmith are all about pajamas at Christmas. Singer Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah) says they always get pajamas on Christmas Eve, and no matter how silly they are, they must wear them. Sierota says it's getting more interesting now that they're getting older. Echosmith consists of four siblings, and their parents usually tour with them, so Sierota says it's not like they come home at Christmas to see their family because they're together all the time. She says they usually see a movie on Christmas Day and it always seems to be something like "Transformers."

SOUND:

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Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says spending time with her family at Christmas is not that big a deal because they see each other every day on tour.

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Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says Christmas at her house is pretty low-key.

<<CUT ..014 (12/22/14)>> 00:11 "to wear them"

Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says they have a Christmas tradition in her family.

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Sidney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sidney Sierota says her family has a tradition of getting pajamas on Christmas Eve.

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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