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CHRIS BROWN/DRAKE: BRAWL AT CLUB INVESTIGATED
NEW YORK (AP) — So what exactly went down when Chris Brown and Drake ended up in the same club yesterday morning? It's something police in New York City are trying to figure out right now. Brown's people say the singer and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran were the victims of what they call "a brutal attack." Brown tweeted a photo of himself with a cut chin, then later removed it — as well as other messages about the fight, including epithets and taunts. Police say witnesses report two men approached Brown's table and asked if he had a problem with Drake — and Brown said he didn't. Later as Brown left the club, five men blocked his exit, removed their shirts and started yelling. During the confrontation, bottles began flying. But police say they aren't sure whether the bottles were thrown by either entourage — or by club members who were trying to stir up a fight. A rep for Drake says the rapper didn't do anything that would have hurt anyone or caused any damage property. Authorities say they are looking at surveillance footage and talking with witnesses to try to piece together what happened.
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A dust-up between two popular artists who once dated Rihanna? AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports it's something New York City police are investigating.
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AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports New York City police say there was some kind of beef between entourages of Chris Brown and Drake.
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AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports both Chris Brown and Drake have romantic history with Rihanna.
R. KELLY: FACING TAX PROBLEMS
CHICAGO (AP) — Last week, it was Lauryn Hill who was accused of failing to pay taxes. This time, it's another singer — R. Kelly — who is facing trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. The Chicago Sun-Times reports authorities in Cook County say the recording artist owes Uncle Sam nearly $5 million in unpaid taxes. The documents indicate Kelly owes the money for taxes dating back as far as 2005. He paid out $2.6 million in back taxes in 2008 and another $1 million last year — but his tax account is still in the red to the tune to more than $4.8 million. R. Kelly was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008. But he has had his share of financial problems lately. Last year, his Chicago-area mansion was foreclosed on. At the time, his spokesman said the singer didn't have any serious financial problems.
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Tax trouble for a top R&B star. AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel has the story.
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AP Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports R. Kelly has had some financial setbacks lately.
WHITNEY HOUSTON: ANOTHER BOOK IN THE WORKS
NEW YORK (AP) — The line for people writing books about the late Whitney Houston is forming on the right. Not only is her mom writing a book about her late daughter, so is gospel singer BeBe Winans. His book will be titled "The Whitney I Knew" — and it's due out in the summer. Winans' publisher says the book will detail what it calls "heartbreaking accounts that led to her ultimate defeat." It will also include photos and personal videos of Houston that have never been released to the public. Houston's mom Cissy is also writing a book; it's due out next year. Both mom and Winans are also dropping new albums. Houston died at 48 in February. Authorities called her death an accidental drowning, complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.
ALICIA KEYS/MARIAH CAREY: HELPING OBAMA RAISE MONEY
NEW YORK (AP) — They raised their voices — to help President Barack Obama's re-election campaign raise money. Both Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey were among the performers at one of two fundraisers for the Obama campaign in New York. The two singers performed at a 250-person dinner that added at least $2.5 million to the campaign's account. An earlier dinner featuring Hollywood actors and actresses raised another $2 million as the president taps into celebrities to raise money to counter the growing donor enthusiasm from Republicans supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid.
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Sound of New York City residents cheering
Sound of New York City residents cheering, as President Barack Obama's motorcade approaches for a fundraiser at the West Village home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Sound of a protester dressed in formalwear
Sound of a protester dressed in formalwear, handing out leaflets near the fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Sound of spectators chanting President Barack Obama's name
Sound of spectators chanting President Barack Obama's name, as his motorcades arrives for a fundraiser at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
RIHANNA/USHER/JUSTIN BIEBER: TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The days are longer in summer. So why not the list of awards for this summer's Teen Choice Awards. The competition has increased its list of categories for the warm weather. Teens will be able to vote for favorite summer song, love song and breakup song. Rihanna is among those nominated for female summer music star. Among the fellas, Usher, Pitbull, Justin Bieber and Flo Rida (RY'-dah) are among those in the running for male summer music star. The awards air July 22 on Fox — and voting online ends the day before.
Teen Choice Awards site: http://www.teenchoiceawards.com
HEAT EVEN NBA FINALS SERIES
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One could only wonder what would happen in the NBA Finals if the Oklahoma City Thunder were to play the entire game as though they were behind in the contest. The Thunder roared back from a huge hole in the second half — but the rally fell short as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh led the Miami Heat to a 100-96 win. The victory ties the best-of-seven series at 1-all as the teams move to Miami for the next three games. It was the first home loss in 10 postseason games for the Thunder, who had overcome a 13-point deficit in Game 1.
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The Heat hold off the Thunder down the stretch to even the NBA finals. Correspondent Gideon Hamilton reports.
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says his team played tougher than it did in Game 1. ((note length of cut))
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Thunder coach Scott Brooks says they can't afford to continue to fall behind by double-digits within minutes after the opening tip. ((note length of cut))
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Heat center Chris Bosh says he knew it would be important for him to win the battle of the boards.
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Heat guard Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh's return to the starting lineup allowed them to score 18 of the game's first 20 points. ((note length of cut))
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Heat forward LeBron James says the game-opening 18-2 run went a long way toward winning the game.
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Thunder forward Kevin Durant says they never truly recovered after falling behind by 16 midway through the first quarter.
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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook says their defense allowed them to cut a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit down to two in the closing moments.
TIGER WOODS: TIED FOR SECOND AFTER FIRST ROUND OF U.S. OPEN
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — So far, so good for Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open. He doesn't have the lead going into today's second round at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. But he is among those tied for second. Even more important, Woods seems to be the only player in the field who has mastered the tough conditions at the Olympic course during the first 18 holes. He avoided many of the pitfalls his fellow golfers found themselves in. Woods says he felt he "had control" of his game all day long.
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JEROME BETTIS: FORMER NFL STAR HELPS DETROIT SCHOOL
DETROIT (AP) — He played his football for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But former NFL star Jerome Bettis still has a soft spot for his native Detroit. He says he is giving $15,000 to support efforts to get parents more involved in their kids' schools. He announced the donation during a visit to a Detroit school which will open in the fall. The school was built on the campus of the high school where Bettis was a star.
MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK
UNDATED (AP) — On this date in 1995, Jewish leaders demanded an apology from Michael Jackson over his song "They Don't Care About Us." The lyrics contained anti-Semitic slang words. Jackson later apologized and re-cut the song without the words.
ELLA FITZGERALD: LOOKING BACK
UNDATED (AP) — On this date in 1996, we lost one of the greats in American music. Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 78.
ICE CUBE: BIRTHDAY
UNDATED (AP) — A birthday today for rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube. He's 43 and his most successful screen work includes the "Friday" and "Barbershop" movies.
DENZEL WHITAKER: BIRTHDAY
UNDATED (AP) — It's a birthday for Denzel Whitaker. He's 22 and is probably best known for his work as the young James Farmer Jr. in "The Great Debaters" — a film that, oddly enough, starred both Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II