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NEW YORK (AP) - Bruno Mars' first album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" was nominated for album of the year at the Grammys. But his latest project "Unorthodox Jukebox" wasn't nominated for the honor, though it did pick up four other Grammy nods. Is he disappointed about not being up for best album this year? Hardly. Asked about being left off the list of finalists for album of the year, Mars laughed and said: "I'm good, man." He says if he "would have asked for anything more," he'd "be a jerk." Mars is up for two major awards: song and record of the year for the hit single "Locked Out of Heaven." Meanwhile, Mars says his days of churning out hits for other artists are pretty much over. He says he used to sell songs to other acts back when he was "struggling and hustling to pay rent." He says since he's doing better financially now, he doesn't want to treat his songwriting skills "like a sport."

JERUSALEM (AP) - Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson is asking Israel's prime minister to endorse a bill banning the sale of clothes made of animal fur. Fresh off a honeymoon in Israel, Anderson sent a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urging him to support the legislation. If passed, it would make Israel the first country in the world to impose a national fur clothing ban. More than 40 lawmakers have endorsed the bill, promoted by the Israel-based International Anti-Fur Coalition. Netanyahu previously has expressed views sympathetic with the animal rights movement. In her letter, Anderson said the way animals "suffer and die for fur violates Jewish principles." She added that by passing the bill, "Israel would set an example of compassion for the rest of the world to follow."

Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:38

UK Royal baby named: It's Mia Grace Tindall

LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II's new great-granddaughter has been named Mia Grace Tindall. The 6-day-old infant is the daughter of Zara Phillips and rugby player Mike Tindall. He tweeted her name Thursday, and palace officials confirmed it. Mia Grace is 16th in line to the British throne. The 32-year-old Phillips, an equestrian who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics, is the daughter of the queen's daughter, Princess Anne, and Capt. Mark Phillips.

Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:37

Aberdeen to proclaim Feb. 20 Kurt Cobain Day

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) - Twenty years after his death, Kurt Cobain is getting more recognition in his Washington state hometown. Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson says the Nirvana frontman's birthday on Feb. 20 will be proclaimed Kurt Cobain Day in the city. The proclamation reads, "Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements." Cobain was born in 1967, gained fame as the lead singer for the grunge rock group Nirvana and died by suicide in 1994 in Seattle. Aberdeen is on the Washington coast about 80 miles southwest of Seattle. 

NEW YORK (AP) - "Saturday Night Live" says Colin Jost (johst) will be the new man at the "Weekend Update" anchor desk. Jost, the NBC comedy show's head writer, succeeds outgoing "Update" anchor Seth Meyers, who soon takes over as host of the network's "Late Night." Jost will join Cecily Strong as co-anchor of the "SNL" spoof newscast on March 1. Head writer since 2012, he joined the "SNL" writing staff in 2005. He also has written and appears in "Staten Island Summer," an upcoming movie based on his days a lifeguard. A 2004 graduate of Harvard University, he was president of the Harvard Lampoon. Meyers' farewell "SNL" appearance will be Feb. 1. The naming of Jost was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A judge set pop singer Justin Bieber's bail at $2,500 Thursday after police say he drag-raced down a Miami Beach street while under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with DUI, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest.
     Bieber was arrested after police said they saw him speeding down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini. Officers say he had an expired license, was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over and smelled of alcohol.
     Police say Bieber later admitted that he had been drinking, smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication.
     R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff was arrested in the same incident. He is charged with driving under the influence, and his bond was set at $1,000. Police said Khalil was driving a Ferrari.
     Both Bieber and Khalil appeared briefly in court wearing bright red jail fatigues. They remained silent while defense attorney Roy Black negotiated bond.
     Black, a high-profile lawyer whose clients have included Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith, said he thought the case would proceed "hopefully as any other case would" in light of Bieber's celebrity status.
     Authorities say Bieber was arrested after police saw him and Khalil racing two luxury vehicles down the street at 4:09 a.m., with two other vehicles apparently being used to block off the area. Police say Bieber was clocked at 55 to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
     Earlier Thursday, police chief Ray Martinez said at a news conference that the singer was initially not cooperative when the officer pulled him over. Martinez said the singer also had an invalid Georgia driver's license and admitted to smoking marijuana, taking prescription medication and drinking.
     According to the arrest report, Bieber "had slow deliberate movements" and a look of stupor on his face when the officer ordered him to exit his vehicle. Bieber, 19, was placed under arrest after repeatedly refusing to put his hands on his vehicle so the officer could pat him down to look for weapons, the report said. It says he cursed several times at the officer and demanded to know why he was being arrested.
     Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer, police said. Results haven't been released.
     His publicist, Melissa Victor, did not offer an immediate comment.
     The street where police say Bieber was racing in mid-Miami Beach is a four-lane residential street divided by a grass median dotted with palm trees. Along one side of the street are small apartment buildings, and on the other side are a high school, a youth center, a golf course and a city firehouse.
     It's a short drive from the area to trendy South Beach, where celebrities are known to let loose. George Avilas, who lives nearby said he didn't hear anything, but was not surprised to hear that people might be drag-racing.
     "There's so much partying in Miami Beach, it's been known to happen," he said. "It's 4 o'clock in the morning, everybody is just getting out of the bars."
     Canadian-born Justin Bieber was only 15 when his platinum-selling debut "My World" was released. The singer from Ontario had placed second in a local singing contest two years earlier and began posting performances on YouTube, according to his official website. The videos caught the attention of a talent agent and eventually led to a recording contract.
     He was positioned as clean-cut and charming - even singing for President Barack Obama and his family at Christmas - but problems began to multiply as he got older; Thursday's arrest is just the latest in a series of troubling incidents.
     Bieber has been accused of wrongdoing in California, but has never been arrested or charged. He is currently under investigation in a felony vandalism case after a neighbor reported the pop star threw eggs at his house and caused thousands of dollars of damage.
     A neighbor had previously accused Bieber of spitting in his face, and a paparazzo called deputies after he said Bieber kicked him, but prosecutors declined to file charges in either instance. He was also accused of reckless driving in his neighborhood, but in October prosecutors refused to seek charges because it was unclear whether Bieber was driving.
     His arrest in Miami is unlikely to affect the current investigation, which included nearly a dozen detectives searching Bieber's home last week searching for video surveillance and other evidence that could be used to pursue a vandalism charge.
     Bieber is also being sued by a former bodyguard who says the singer repeatedly berated him, hit him in the chest and owes him more than $420,000 in overtime and other wages. The case is scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles next month.
     Under Florida law, people under the age of 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 percent or more - a level Bieber could reach with one drink.
     For a first DUI offense, there is no minimum sentence and a maximum of six months, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. For anyone under 21, there is an automatic six-month license suspension.
     A first conviction for drag racing carries a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000 and a one-year license suspension.
     Bieber's arrival in Florida earlier this week also is under investigation. Authorities in the suburban Miami city of Opa-locka are investigating whether the singer was given a police escort when he landed Monday at the Opa-locka Executive Airport.
     "The escort was unauthorized by police administration," Assistant City Manager David Chiverton said.
     Police escorts from the airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure because they involve city vehicles, Chiverton said.
     "There's a procedure," Chiverton said. "These things must be approved, there's a process."
     The Florida arrest likely won't affect Bieber's immigration status.
     According to U.S. immigration law, authorities do not revoke an individual's visa unless the person has been convicted of a violent crime or been sentenced to more than one year imprisonment.
     Immigration attorney Ira Kurzban says neither driving under the influence nor driving without a license can make an individual eligible for deportation. Nor would either of those offenses keep Bieber from being readmitted into the U.S.
     "He's not subject to deportation because of a DUI offense," said Kurzban, "nor is driving with an expired license a deportable offense."

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The family of a SeaWorld trainer who died in 2010 when a killer whale pulled her into the water is commenting about a documentary critical of animal captivity at the marine parks. Trainer Dawn Brancheau's family members said Tuesday on the website for The Dawn Brancheau Foundation that they've been repeatedly asked about how they feel about the documentary "Blackfish" since its release last year. Family members say Brancheau wouldn't have worked at SeaWorld for 15 years if she didn't think the whales were well-cared for. They say they continue to support her former co-workers who still train with the marine animals. Brancheau was grabbed and drowned by the six-ton killer whale Tilikum after a show in February 2010. Since the documentary, several entertainers have pulled out of planned performances at the parks.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:35

Allison Sweeney leaving "Days Of Our Lives"

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Alison Sweeney is leaving "Days of Our Lives' after 21 years. Sweeney tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that this will be her last year on the show. She started on the soap when she was 16 and she says she hasn't had more than a two-week vacation that whole time. Sweeney says she wants to spend more time with her daughter, who's five and her son, who's nine.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:35

Kelly Clarkson finds out she's having a girl

UNDATED (AP) - Now Kelly Clarkson knows why she's been throwing up so much. Clarkson has found out she's pregnant with a girl. Clarkson tweets "only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting." Clarkson has this advice for other pregnant women with morning sickness. She tweets that they should try eating a baked potato. She says it's the one thing she's been able to keep down.

BEIJING (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres's talk show is getting a new audience - viewers in China. The lighthearted, celebrity-focused show is now available in China on video site Sohu within 48 hours of its original U.S. broadcast. It is the first U.S. daily talk show to be carried in China, according to a statement Tuesday by distributor Warner Brothers and Sohu.com Inc. Sohu Video, like other Chinese online video sites, licenses many hit American TV shows. Earlier this month it unveiled the late-night U.S. comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" as an addition to its lineup.

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