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Friday, 16 May 2014 11:21

"American Idol" Jena vs. Caleb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alex Preston comes just short of becoming the next "American Idol." He was eliminated in last night's show. That leaves Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene and Caleb Johnson for the finals. Had things been just a little different, neither Irene nor Johnson would be there. Irene was not initially a finalist but she was chosen as a wild card for the top 13. Johnson had tried out for "Idol" twice before this year, in 2011 and in 2012. He made it as far as Hollywood Week before getting cut both times. Ryan Seacrest also revealed guest performers for next week. Preston will perform with Jason Mraz, Irene will sing with Paramore and Johnson will perform with Kiss.

NEW YORK (AP) - The last time most of us saw Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange - they were involved in an elevator dustup. But now, they are saying that everything is cool among them. The three released an exclusive statement to The Associated Press yesterday, in which they say "families have problems" - and theirs is no different. The video shows Solange launching a series of punches, slaps and kicks against the rap star - while Jay-Z tries to fend off the attack and Beyonce looks on. A security guard finally got them separated. The statement says while the incident has led to a lot of speculation about what went down, everyone "has worked through it." One person hasn't though. The employee who the hotel says provided the security video to TMZ.com has been identified - and fired.

NEW YORK (AP) - They came - because she was leaving. Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton were among those who turned out for Barbara Walters' final edition of "The View." Waters will step away from the on-camera scene after today's episode, ending a five-decade career on TV. Michael Douglas - a friend and frequent subject of Walters' interviews was also on hand. Walters is 84. And she says she will continue to do some work for ABC News - just won't be doing a lot of it on camera.

ROME (AP) - A spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office says Kim Kardashian and Kayne West will get married at Florence's 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24. Spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo says the couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000). Di Lupo said a Protestant minister will preside. The 36-year-old rapper proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday in October, renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for the occasion. This is the first marriage for West, who was previously engaged to designer Alexis Phifer. It's the third trip down the aisle for Kardashian. In an interview with Florence's La Nazione newspaper Friday, West extolled the beauty of Florence and said he was "very excited" about the May 24 nuptials.

NEW YORK (AP) - Two works from Andy Warhol's "Death and Disaster" series have sold at auction in New York for a combined $100 million. Warhol's "Race Riot, 1964" sold Tuesday for $62.9 million, far exceeding the auction estimate of $45 million. His 1962 "White Marilyn" painting of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe sold for $41 million, well above its estimate $12 million to $18 million. Both Warhol paintings caused fierce bidding at Christie's auction of postwar and contemporary works. "Race Riot, 1964" is a rare four-panel painting of the Birmingham, Alabama, race riots. "White Marilyn" was painted shortly after Monroe took her life. A 1984 triptych by Francis Bacon sold for $80.8 million. The price for "Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards" surged quickly from an opening bid of $50 million. 

NEW YORK (AP) - Leaders of the soon-to-open Sept. 11 museum are portraying it as a monument to unity and resilience. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that the National September 11 Memorial & Museum describes how people across the world came together after the attacks. Bloomberg is also the memorial foundation's chairman, and he says the museum "will keep that spirit of unity alive." Still, the museum's road to completion has been peppered at times with disagreements over its content and message. Bloomberg says that in the end, what matters is whether the right thing was built, and he believes it was. President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend the museum's dedication ceremony Thursday. It opens to the public May 21. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:41

Dancing with the Stars results

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Perfect wasn't good enough for Olympic gold medalist Charlie White. He was voted off "Dancing With the Stars" last night. He had gotten a round of perfect 10s from the judges last week and another last night. But White says he'll now be able to root for his Olympic skating partner Meryl Davis. She had perfect scores from the judges on both her dances last night. Judge Carrie Carrie Ann Inaba says Davis is also bringing out the soft and fuzzy side of pro partner Maks Chmerkovskiy. The usually acerbic Chmerkovskiy planted kisses on all the judges last night. Davis tops the leaderboard heading into next week's finale, while Candace Cameron Bure is at the bottom.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:40

Suit filed in Paul Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The has been a lawsuit filed in the fiery wreck that killed "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker. The widow of the man driving the Porsche that crashed and killed Walker and the driver is suing the automaker. The suit by Kristine M. Rodas claims it was design flaws of the car that caused both men to die. That's not what investigators say, though. They say the car was moving as fast as 94 miles per hour when it crashed. The lawsuit claims the car was traveling at 55 miles per hour before the crash and that a failure in the car's suspension system caused it to careen out of control.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge in Los Angeles is trying to find out what happened to radio personality Casey Kasem. An attorney for the former "Top 40" host claims Kasem has been moved from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge. Kasem is 82 and suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease. He can no longer speak and has been a series of care facilities chosen by his wife, Jean. His children have complained they haven't been able to see their ailing dad.

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL (AP) - Three Dog Night were able to get that distinctive sound on their song "Liar" through low-tech means. Singer Danny Hutton says they set up microphones in the hallway and in a toilet and he sang between them. Singer Cory Wells says it took him years to get a distinctive sound for the song "Mama Told Me Not To Come." He says originally he tried to sound like Randy Newman because Newman wrote it and he didn't want to disrespect the material. Wells says now he either sings it his own way or he does a spoof on it by rapping it.