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NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will perform their summer anthems at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month. MTV also announced a new award Tuesday called best song of the summer. Both Cyrus and Thicke are nominees. Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" and Thicke's "Blurred Lines" will compete with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It," One Direction's "Best Song Ever" and "I Need Your Love" by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. Cyrus and Thicke are now tied with Bruno Mars as the second most nominated act with four each. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead with six apiece. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kanye West will also perform at the VMAs, to air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 25.

Monday, 12 August 2013 11:38

Elvis week underway!

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - As one Elvis Presley fan put it - fans of Elvis go to Graceland to mark the anniversary of his death - but TRUE fans come to Tupelo, Mississippi, where Presley was born. Hundreds of fans from around the world were in Tupelo for the 36th Fan Appreciation Day at the Elvis Presley Borthplace Park. It's part of what's known as Elvis week, which ends with a candlelight vigil at Presley's mansion, Graceland. Elvis died on August 16, 1977.

ATLANTA (AP) - Usher will get to keep his kids. A judge in Atlanta has tossed an emergency request by Usher's ex-wife seeking temporary custody of the two children they had together. Tameka Foster Raymond sought the hearing one day after their 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain. The judge said based on the evidence presented at the hearing, he wasn't sure anyone could have done anything to prevent the accident. But he also advised Usher to inform his ex where he is - and who is caring for the children. The child was in the care of an aunt when he fell to the bottom of the pool and got caught in the drain. Usher's ex claimed the singer was out of town when the accident took place, but his lawyer says he was nearby. After the hearing, Usher went over to his ex and gave her a long embrace.

Friday, 09 August 2013 10:55

Beyonce-Hair Yesterday, Gone Today?

UNDATED (AP) - Has she decided to leave the weave? Is it a reaction to her having her locks caught up in a fan during a show last month? Or, like, many women do, did Beyonce just decide to change things up a little - well, just because? Depends on who you ask when it comes to Beyonce's new hairdo. She now has a pixie cut. It's dyed blonde, with her brown roots still showing in spots. She's been showing off the new look on Instagram - and the "cut" has fans buzzing. Beyonce has had short hair in public before - but those were for movie roles. Fans on Instagram seem divided on the new look. Last month, while performing in Montreal, Beyonce got her extensions caught in the blades of a fan as she moved close to the audience. A crew member had to use a pair of scissors to get her free. She wasn't hurt, kept singing through the incident - and even joked about it later online.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen is scheduled to appear before a federal judge to change his plea. Thomas George Paculis was to appear Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Savannah, where he pleaded not guilty during his last hearing in July. Court records filed last week say 62-year-old Paculis of Newfield, N.Y., has signed a plea agreement with prosecutors. But details haven't been released. Prosecutors and Paculis' defense attorney have declined to comment. Authorities say Paculis contacted Deen's attorney threatening to reveal damaging statements by the former Food Network star unless she paid him $200,000. That happened after documents became public that showed Deen acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.

NEW YORK (AP) - Her life has been a lot like a one of those reality TV shows. Now, LeAnn Rimes and her actor husband are getting their own show. She and Eddie Cibrian have signed up for a new series that will air on VH1 either later this year or early next. The six-episode series is tentatively titled "LeAnn and Eddie." Rimes recently told The Associated Press she and Cibrian wanted to do "a scripted show" based on their lives. She says they had been approached many times to do a reality series - but have declined. The couple has been married since 2011. She is 30 and he's 10 years older.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 11:48

Ashton Kutcher admires Steve Jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Ashton Kutcher admires the way Steve Jobs kept his personal life private. Now, Kutcher wishes he could do the same. Kutcher is having his share of tabloid headlines after a very public breakup with Demi Moore and his current relationship with Mila Kunis. But Kutcher says he's "starting to understand the value of privacy." Kutcher made the comments at the New York premiere of his new film, "Jobs."

UNDATED (AP) - Is Sophia Grace breaking up the act? Sophia Grace Brownlee and her cousin Rosie Grace McClelland are the British kids who became famous singing Lady Gaga songs and wearing pink dresses and tiaras on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. Now, Sophia Grace has landed her first acting job. Her uncle tweets that she'll play Little Red Riding Hood in the movie version of the musical "Into the Woods." He didn't say if Rosie got a part, too.

NEW YORK (AP) - Desiree Hartsock is wishing only good things for the guy she rejected who'll now be the next "Bachelor." She sent Juan Pablo Galavis home on the sixth episode. But he was on long enough to become one of the fan favorites. He'll meet the 25 women vying for his heart when "The Bachelor" premieres in January. Hartsock says she's "really excited" for him. She says she hopes "he finds the love of his life." Galavis is a former pro soccer player who has a young daughter named Camila.

CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) - The man charged with trying to break into Kid Rock's home on Saturday tried to play on the sympathy of the judge, but the judge wasn't having it. Forty-three-year-old Brian D. Keith of Independence Township, Michigan, was arraigned yesterday on felony charges of attempted home invasion and malicious destruction of property. Prosecutors say Keith is the man in surveillance photos ramming the gate and trying to break in while using crutches. Keith told Judge Joseph Fabrizio during his request for a low bond he has 15 screws and two plates in his knees. Fabrizio cited Keith's 14 convictions as an adult, his out-of-state criminal history and the fact that Keith does not have custody of any of his seven children as reasons to set bond at $75,000. Keith is due back in court Monday.

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