NICKS, DEF LEPPARD AMONG FIRST-TIME ROCK HALL NOMINEES
NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Nicks and Def Leppard are among the acts nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. The hall announced Tuesday that 15 acts were nominated this year. The winners will be revealed in December, with the induction planned for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next March. Six of the nominees are being put before voters for the first time. Nicks is already in as a member of Fleetwood Mac, but this time will be considered as a solo act. Roxy Music, John Prine, Devo and Todd Rundgren were also nominated for the first time. Radiohead, Janet Jackson and the Cure are among the acts coming back for another try.
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KANYE WEST TO VISIT TRUMP, DISCUSS PRISON REFORM, VIOLENCE
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says West is scheduled to have lunch with President Donald Trump on Thursday and meet with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Sanders said on Tuesday they’ll talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up. Trump recently tweeted praise for West, who closed a “Saturday Night Live” show wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled. West is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, who successfully pushed Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender this year and has met with senior aides regarding criminal justice reform.
FILMMAKER RICHARD LINKLATER DIRECTS ANTI-TED CRUZ WEB AD
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Filmmaker Richard Linklater is the latest celebrity wading into the tight U.S. Senate race in Texas with a social media ad attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The “Boyhood” and “Dazed and Confused” director made a 30-second spot for a political action committee backed by Cruz opponents. It doesn’t mention Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who has campaigned on rejecting outside groups’ money but can’t control their actions. The ad revives a character from Linklater’s 2011 film “Bernie,” who mocks Cruz for embracing President Donald Trump after the billionaire insulted his family during the 2016 presidential campaign. During a debate in September, Cruz said he put aside personal feelings after the election to do his job. Country music legend Willie Nelson held a concert for O’Rourke last month in Austin.
FLORIDA COUNTY JOKINGLY ‘WARNS’ FORECASTER TO STAY AWAY
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county threatened by Hurricane Michael is jokingly warning a television meteorologist to stay away. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office posted a tongue-in-cheek trespass warning on Facebook for The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. Cantore is usually on the scene of major storms. The office wrote: “Everyone knows what’s in store when Jim Cantore shows up. So we issued a little notice. lol.” The “warning” provides special conditions for “non-business related visits only,” preferably during the winter.
COMEDIAN KATT WILLIAMS PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO ASSAULT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Comedian Katt Williams has pleaded not guilty in connection with an alleged assault on a hired driver at Portland International Airport. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says Williams was charged and pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault on Monday. He had come to Portland to perform in Nick Cannon’s “Wild ’N Out” comedy improv show Friday night. Williams is accused of striking the driver of a town car after an argument about taking him and his dog to the show. Port of Portland police say the unnamed victim sustained minor injuries to his face, including swelling and cuts. Williams remains in custody on an unrelated arrest warrant as an alleged fugitive from Georgia. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Williams told court officials that he’s currently on supervision for pot possession there.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN DUE IN COURT AS JUDGE MULLS MOTION TO DISMISS CASE
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein is due in court as a New York judge weighs his bid to have some or all of his sexual assault case thrown out. A court spokesman says Judge James Burke will deliver a partial ruling on defense motions at Thursday’s hearing. The disgraced movie mogul’s next court date had been scheduled for Nov. 8. Weinstein faces a six-count indictment covering allegations from three women. He has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has said prosecutors failed to inform the grand jury of evidence showing a friendly relationship between Weinstein and one accuser. He also asked the judge to dismiss an assault count because prosecutors didn’t pinpoint the date it happened. Prosecutors say they’re investigating the circumstances of that charge and that the other counts should stand.
TAYLOR SWIFT, CARDI B SET FOR AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
UNDATED (AP) — Taylor Swift is having a big week: She first broke her long-standing refusal to discuss politics Sunday and now she’s going to give her first awards show performance in three years at the American Music Awards. The pop star will open Tuesday night’s show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, which airs live on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern. Other performers include Cardi B, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, twenty one pilots and Jennifer Lopez. The show will also pay tribute to Aretha Franklin. Swift is nominated for artist of the year, where she will compete with Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Drake, who ties with Cardi B for most nominations with eight. Rapper-singer XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-TAH’-see-YOHN’), a streaming juggernaut before his death in June and afterward, earned two nominations.
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EGYPTAIR SEEKS TO SHIFT BLAME FOR DREW BARRYMORE INTERVIEW
CAIRO (AP) — EgyptAir is trying to shift the blame to a local advertising agency for a bizarre article in its in-flight magazine purportedly based on an interview with actress Drew Barrymore. The airline said in a statement released on Monday that it has an agreement with Al-Ahram advertising agency, which edits articles and interviews for its in-flight magazine, Horus. EgyptAir says the agency is “totally responsible” for the magazine’s editorial content. The article, riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors, led with a description of Barrymore as “being unstable in her relationships” and quoted her as saying that motherhood was “the most important role in my life.” EgyptAir last week said it stands by the article, published in Horus’ October edition. Barrymore has yet to issue an official statement on the interview.
TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST TO MAKE DEBUT APPEARANCE AS SUPERHERO
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine transgender activist who won a discrimination lawsuit over using the girls’ bathroom at her school is making her debut as TV’s first transgender superhero. The Bangor Daily News reports 21-year-old Nicole Maines will appear on season four of The CW’s series “Supergirl” Sunday. The Orono native will play Nia Nal, also known as Dreamer. Producers say the character is a “soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others.” Maines gained national attention for her lawsuit against her school district after her elementary school said she could no longer use the girls’ bathroom. Maine’s highest court ruled in 2014 that officials violated state anti-discrimination law. Maines has made previous TV appearances, including the show “Royal Pains” and the HBO documentary “The Trans List.”
EAGLES’ JOE WALSH TELLS HIS ADDICTION STORY AT GALA EVENING
NEW YORK (AP) — Eagles band member Joe Walsh and his wife, Marjorie Walsh, have been honored by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement. The soon to be 70-year-old Walsh performed Monday night at a gala fundraiser with Vince Gill — who’s been touring with the Eagles — and Michael McDonald, on accordion no less. Walsh has been sober for 25 years. He told his story of alcohol and drug dependence, as did his wife when she introduced him to the crowd. Also attending was Walsh’s brother-in-law, Ringo Starr. Marjorie Walsh is the sister of Starr’s wife since 1981, Barbara Bach Starkey, who uses Ringo’s original last name.