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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wynonna Judd is the first celebrity voted off "Dancing With the Stars" this season. No one was voted off last week, because Dorothy Hamill had to withdraw due to an injury. It's no surprise that Judd gets the boot. She had the worst judges' scores this week and has never had scored well. Judd says she's a singer not a dancer. Judd adds she can't wait to get to work on her new record. Andy Dick was the other half of this week's bottom two. But he'll get to dance again next week.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:32

Richie Sambora to miss part of Bon Jovi tour

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band's Because We Can tour. The band, on its website, cited "personal issues." The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given. Hours before the announcement late Tuesday, Sambora tweeted that he was "Watching more of the 'Every Road Leads Home To You' cover videos." That was a reference to a fan contest promoting a song on his solo album, "Aftermath of the Lowdown." The 53-year-old has struggled with substance abuse and has done several stints in rehab. Bon Jovi is slated to perform in Edmonton, Canada, on Wednesday and the current leg of the tour is scheduled to end April 25 in San Jose, California.

NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna is parting with an abstract French painting she's owned for more than 20 years to support educating girls in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. It's expected to bring $5 million to $7 million. Fernand Leger's "Three Women at the Red Table" will be offered May 7 at Sotheby's auction house. All proceeds will benefit the Ray of Light Foundation. The pop diva says she wants "to trade something valuable for something invaluable" in countries where female education is rare or nonexistent. She purchased "Three Women" at Sotheby's in 1990. Leger created the work in 1921 as part of a series depicting women with still-life compositions. Other examples from the series are in the Dallas Museum of Art and the Beyeler Foundation in Switzerland.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:31

Rolling Stones announce 9 city tour

NEW YORK (AP) - Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour. The veteran rockers said Wednesday their "50 and Counting" tour will kick off in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The date will be announced later. The second show is in Oakland, Calif., on May 5. The tour will also visit San Jose, Calif.; Las Vegas; Anaheim, Calif.; Toronto; Chicago; and Boston. The tour wraps June 18 in Philadelphia. Tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale April 8. Ticket sales for the other cities will be announced later. The band will also headline the Glastonbury Festival on June 29 and will perform at London's Hyde Park on July 6.  

SEATTLE (AP) - In an odd combination of old and new, Amazon says that every time a person buys a vinyl record from its online store, it will give that customer a digital version of the songs for free. The feature, called AutoRip, was launched in January for CDs. The company has said it has boosted music sales. Digital songs are stored in the customer's online storage account with Amazon. Songs received this way don't count against that customer's storage limit. The new offer, announced Wednesday, extends to any physical albums bought on Amazon since 1998. The digital songs can be played on a variety of devices, including Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire tablets, Android phones and tablets, and Apple Inc.'s iPads and iPhones.

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter is doing away with vowels, Google has a "smell button" and the cast of "Wings" is launching a Kickstarter campaign. The digital world celebrated April Fools' Day on Monday with the annual rollout of mock innovations and parody makeovers. Despite 72 hours of video uploaded every minute, YouTube said it was shutting down. The Google Inc.-owned video site joked that it had concluded its eight-year-long talent search. Having already debuted its wearable Google Glass, the company on Monday showcased "Google Nose," adding scents to it search results. The comedy site Funny or Die parodied the recent Kickstarter campaign for a "Veronica Mars" movie with crowd-funding campaigns for other 1990s shows like "Wings" and "Family Matters."

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House, busy with its annual Easter Egg Roll, also managed to pull off an April Fool's prank. The White House Twitter account announced earlier Monday to be on the lookout for a "special video message from the president." Instead, viewers got a surprise visitor to the press briefing room. The piece began with a shot of the familiar lectern regularly used by press secretary Jay Carney. It was empty as the presidential entrance march played. Then a small head peeked over the edge of the stand. "It looks like you were expecting somebody else." Indeed. It was Robbie Novak, who plays "Kid President" in a series of popular YouTube videos. "April Fools on all of you all," he said.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Amy Grant is set to release her first full album of all new songs in 10 years. The Grammy-winning Christian recording artist's "How Mercy Looks From Here" will be available May 14. The album was produced by Marshall Altman and includes guest vocalists James Taylor, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge, and Eric Pasley, who wrote the only song not penned by Grant on the album. Grant's husband, Vince Gill, also makes an appearance. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter is among the most successful Christian artists with multi-platinum album sales and crossover success on the pop music charts. Grant started the album after a conversation with her mother, who passed away in 2011, and promises "no filler" in a news release announcing the record.

Monday, 01 April 2013 09:51

Box Office: G.I. Joe takes the hill

LOS ANGELES (AP) After a nine-month delay, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" deployed to the top spot at the box office. The action film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum marched into the No. 1 position at the weekend box office, earning $41.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" was postponed last year to convert the film to 3-D. "Retaliation" opened Wednesday, which helped to bring its domestic total to $51.7 million. The animated prehistoric comedy "The Croods" slipped to the No. 2 spot with $26.5 million in its second weekend. "Tyler Perry's Temptation" opened with $22.3 million at No. 3, while the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi adaptation "The Host" landed at No. 6 in its debut weekend with $11 million 

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