Spielberg channels Lincoln
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Steven Spielberg asked 16 newly minted Americans to remember equality as the Abraham Lincoln biopic director marked the 149th anniversary of the president's famous "Gettysburg Address."
Spielberg, above, addressed citizens from 11 countries who took the oath of allegiance to become U.S. citizens Monday at the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg. After spending seven years working his new movie "Lincoln," Spielberg says the 16th president came to feel like one of his oldest and dearest friends. He says Lincoln would want us to realize equality is a "democratic essential."
Aretha Franklin starstruck
WASHINGTON - Aretha Franklin says "it was fabulous" to have first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend her show in Washington, D.C.
The Queen of Soul, left, sang for Obama and Holder - as well as for about 3,000 fans at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. Afterward, Franklin said it was great to see her VIP guests relax and "shake their hips a little," especially after a tough reelection campaign.
Franklin has performed for Mrs. Obama before - at the inauguration of President Barack Obama - but said she doesn't think there will be an encore in 2013, though if invited she "would certainly come and would love to sing."
Brown denies DUI
LOS ANGELES - A lawyer for Bobby Brown has entered not guilty pleas to drunken driving and other charges faced by the R&B singer after his arrest last month in Los Angeles. Brown's case is scheduled for its next hearing Dec. 13.
Brown was arrested in October on suspicion of driving while under the influence. It was his second arrest for DUI this year in Los Angeles.
He also faces charges he was driving on a suspended license and did not have an ignition locking device on his car, as required from a previous case.
Brown pleaded no contest to drunken driving in April and entered rehab in August.
The 43-year-old is the former husband of Whitney Houston.
Carter seeks separation
LOS ANGELES - Court records show country singer Deana Carter has filed for legal separation from her husband of three years.
The "Strawberry Wine" singer cites irreconcilable differences for her breakup from Brandon Malone. Her filing states the couple separated in August 2011, less than two years after they were married in October 2009. Carter and Malone have no children together.
Carter co-wrote the song "You and Tequila," which became a hit after it appeared on Kenny Chesney's recent album "''Hemingway's Whiskey."
Billy Scott, 70, dies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott has died in North Carolina at age 70. Bill Kopald with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame said Scott died from pancreatic and liver cancer Saturday at his home in Charlotte.
Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., he sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name and with his wife, Barbara, in 1966 began recording as The Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever." Other hits included "California" and "Seaside Love" as the Georgia Prophets.
Hemsley funeral planned
EL PASO, Texas - Services will be held Wednesday in West Texas for actor Sherman Hemsley who died in July but an estate fight delayed his burial.
San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso has announced Hemsley's funeral will be at noon Wednesday at Cielo Vista Church. Burial will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.
Funeral home officials say the services are open to the public.
Hemsley served in the Air Force before turning to acting and gaining fame as George Jefferson on the TV sitcom "The Jeffersons." He died July 24 of lung cancer.
Hemsley's will named his longtime friend Flora Enchinton Bernal as his heir. His half-brother from Philadelphia, Richard Thornton, challenged the will.
A judge in El Paso on Nov. 9 ruled the will is valid.