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Last Update on August 04, 2015 07:08 GMT

GWEN STEFANI, GAVIN ROSSDALE-DIVORCE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gwen Stefani and husband, Gavin Rossdale from the band Bush, are getting a divorce. Stefani cites irreconcilable differences in her divorce filing with a Los Angeles court. Stefani and Rossdale have been married 13 years and have three sons. A joint statement from the former couple says they've "come to the mutual decision" to "no longer be partners in marriage." The statement adds they "remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising" their sons in "a happy and healthy environment." Stefani is a judge on NBC's "The Voice." She and Rossdale met in the mid-1990s but never worked on a music project together until collaborating on "The Voice" last year. She says it was "awkward." Stefani said at the time that they had "only collaborated on making babies."

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004-a-12-(Gavin Rossdale, singer for Bush, in AP interview, from December of 2014)-"connected like that"-Gavin Rossdale said last year that he got along so well with his wife, Gwen Stefani, because they could be their own selves. (4 Aug 2015)

<<CUT ..004 (08/04/15)>> 00:12 "connected like that"

001-w-31-(Jamie Friar, AP correspondent, with music and Gwen Stefani from NBC's "The Voice")--It's splitsville for singer Gwen Stefani and her musician husband, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports. ((opens with sound)) (4 Aug 2015)

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005-r-20-(Excerpt of Gwen Stefani, performing "Hollaback Girl")--Excerpt of Gwen Stefani, performing "Hollaback Girl." (4 Aug 2015)

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002-c-11-(Jamie Friar, AP correspondent)-"for 13 years"-Singer Gwen Stefani and husband, musician Gavin Rossdale from the band Bush, are getting a divorce. The AP's Jamie Friar reports. (4 Aug 2015)

<<CUT ..002 (08/04/15)>> 00:11 "for 13 years"

003-a-14-(Gwen Stefani, during "The Voice" broadcast from November of 2014)-"so just whatever (laughs)"-Gwen Stefani said last November she was still breast-feeding her son, so the hormones were making her emotional. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (4 Aug 2015)

<<CUT ..003 (08/04/15)>> 00:14 "so just whatever (laughs)"

REBA McENTIRE AND NARVEL BLACKSTOCK SEPARATE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Reba McEntire's marriage is falling apart. She and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, have announced they are separating after 26 years of marriage. They say in a joint statement they have been separated for the past several months. They say they continue to support each other and have worked together for 35 years. Blackstock is also McEntire's manager. A representative for McEntire's record label, Big Machine, declined to say whether the couple is divorcing. McEntire and Blackstock have one son, race car driver Shelby Blackstock. Blackstock has three other children from a previous marriage.

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016-r-20-(Sound of Reba McEntire, performing "Consider Me Gone")--Sound of Reba McEntire performing "Consider Me Gone." (4 Aug 2015)

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015-r-60-(Sound of Reba McEntire, performing "Keep On Loving You")--Sound of Reba McEntire performing "Keep On Loving You." (4 Aug 2015)

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013-w-27-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), with music)--Country singer Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, have announced their separation. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music)) (4 Aug 2015)

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014-r-50-(Sound of Reba McEntire, performing "Why Do We Want (What We Know We Can't Have)")--Reba McEntire performing "Why Do We Want (What We Know We Can't Have)." (4 Aug 2015)

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JUSTIN BIEBER GETS MORE TIME TO DO MANUAL LABOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge is giving Justin Bieber more time to finish his community labor requirements that are part of his sentence in a vandalism case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leland Harris says Bieber has until later this year to complete that portion of his sentence for throwing eggs at his neighbor's house. Bieber has fulfilled the anger management and restitution parts of the sentence. However, he had an ankle injury that prevented him from doing five days of manual labor such as roadside cleanup or graffiti removal.

LYNN ANDERSON'S FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Lynn Anderson's visitation and funeral will be open to the public. Her Facebook page reports visitation is set for this evening in Nashville. Anderson's funeral will be tomorrow morning in Nashville. Her family has designated four charities for fans who want to make donations in Anderson's memory, and links to those charities can be found on her Facebook page. The family also notes, "For those that would prefer to send flowers, Ms. Anderson had an affinity for roses."

DOLLY PARTON TELLS HER LIFE STORY, PIECE BY PIECE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Dolly Parton feels there are not enough family shows on TV like "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Waltons." That's why she's doing a special for NBC based on her song "Coat of Many Colors" that will run in December. She says she may do other specials about the simple life she enjoyed growing up. Parton is still involved with the "9 To 5" musical on Broadway and she's considering a feature film. Parton says she's lived so long that she has so many stories to tell, but she can't tell them all in one place.

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020-a-17-(Dolly Parton, country singer, in AP interview)-"scatter them out"-Dolly Parton says she's telling her life story in several ways. ((note length of cut)) (4 Aug 2015)

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017-a-10-(Dolly Parton, country singer, in AP interview)-"shows just family"-Dolly Parton says her upcoming NBC movie is based on one of her songs. (4 Aug 2015)

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018-a-10-(Dolly Parton, country singer, in AP interview)-"then back when"-Dolly Parton says family shows are missing from TV. (4 Aug 2015)

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019-a-11-(Dolly Parton, country singer, in AP interview)-"my life story"-Dolly Parton says she's considering doing more TV specials based on her life. (4 Aug 2015)

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BRETT ELDREDGE WILL JUDGE MISS AMERICA COMPETITION

ASHLEE SIMPSON GIVES BIRTH TO JAGGER

UNDATED (AP) -- Ashlee Simpson has given birth to a girl. Simpson writes on Instagram she and husband Evan Ross have named her Jagger Snow Ross. She was born on Thursday. Simpson also has a 6-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli, from her previous marriage to Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.

TWO WOUNDED IN SHOOTING OUTSIDE HIP-HOP CONCERT

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) -- State police say two people have been wounded outside a hip-hop concert in central New Jersey. Authorities say the shooting happened late last night outside the PNC Bank Arts Center. Two people were flown to area hospitals. Their conditions weren't immediately known. J. Cole and Big Sean had been performing at the venue. State troopers say the suspect fled into nearby woods and a search was underway early yesterday

BILLY GIBBONS PREPARES AFRO-CUBAN SOLO PROJECT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is putting out his first solo record and it has a very different sound than what he does with ZZ Top. It's an Afro-Cuban-influenced record called "Perfectamundo" and it comes out October 23. Gibbons actually has a history with this kind of music. Before he was ever in a band, he studied Latin rhythm with Tito Puente (PWEN'-tay), who was a friend of Gibbons' father. Gibbons says playing Latin percussion again "came back like riding on a lost bicycle." His ZZ Top bandmates, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill, have given the record their blessings.

LLOYD PRICE WILL PUBLISH AUTOBIOGRAPHY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lloyd Price is about to tell the world how he is so much more than just the guy who sang "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Personality." Price will publish his memoir, called "sumdumhonky," on October 13. Aside from his music career, Price was a boxer and he co-produced the "Rumble in the Jungle" fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. He also manufactured sporting equipment, created middle-income housing in the Bronx, started his own record label, built a food company, bowled six perfect 300 games and was one of the first blacks to own a New York nightclub.

ANDRE 3000 CAST IN "AMERICAN CRIME"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andre 3000 from Outkast will have a starring role on the upcoming season of the ABC show "American Crime." The Hollywood Reporter reports Andre will play a prominent architect whose son gets involved in a scandal at an elite private school. The second season of the show will reset the story and characters but use much of the same cast.

WHITNEY HOUSTON AND BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN ARE SIDE BY SIDE

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown has been laid to rest next to her mother, Whitney Houston. The casket containing Brown's body was flown from Atlanta to Newark yesterday. Police closed the road leading to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. Dionne Warwick was among the relatives who attended the graveside ceremony.

 
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