Tyler: I'm no racist

NEW YORK - Steven Tyler, above, is apologizing - if Nicki Minaj misinterpreted his recent comments.

The former "American Idol" judge and Aerosmith frontman responded to Minaj's claim that he's a racist.

Minaj took offense to comments Tyler made during an MTV interview in which he said Bob Dylan would likely be immediately dismissed from this year's show. The rapper, who is an "Idol" judge, called the comment racist and fired an expletive at the Aerosmith frontman, as well.

During an interview with the Canadian entertainment news program "eTalk," Tyler apologized to Minaj.

"I am the farthest from - what did she say I was? - a racist," Tyler said. "I'm the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don't know where she got that out of me saying I'm not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan. I was just saying that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would've been thrown off, so maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I am not, Nicki."

Lohan charged with assault

NEW YORK - Actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested Thursday in New York City after police said she hit a woman during an argument, then hours later was charged in California for a June crash in which her Porsche slammed into a dump truck.

The "Mean Girls" and "Freaky Friday" star was arrested at 4 a.m. and charged with third-degree assault.

She left a police precinct nearly four hours later with a black jacket pulled over her head. Lohan was wearing leggings, a green mini dress and high-heels. She drove off in a black SUV with a driver, a woman and another man who was seen going in and out of the precinct.

Lohan, 26, allegedly got into the spat with another woman at Club Avenue, in Manhattan's Chelsea section. She struck the woman in the face with her hand, police said. The woman did not require medical attention.

Santa Monica Sgt. Richard Lewis said the California charges were filed Thursday morning, but he declined to release more details.

Shatner to visit Enterprise

NORFOLK, Va. - Captain James T. Kirk will be on hand when the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is officially retired.

A publicist for William Shatner said the actor will attend the ship's inactivation ceremony Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk. Shatner is scheduled to perform today in Newport News.

Shatner played Kirk at the helm of the starship Enterprise in the "Star Trek" television series and several movies.

The world's first-nuclear powered aircraft carrier returned to Norfolk from its final deployment earlier this month. Saturday's inactivation will be its last public ceremony.

CNN names Zucker as chief

NEW YORK - Incoming CNN President Jeff Zucker said Thursday that he intends to make the network more "vibrant and exciting" while broadening the programming on television's original but struggling cable news outlet.

The former NBC Universal chief's long-rumored selection as CNN president was announced Thursday. He'll start in January.

Zucker will lead a large and profitable news organization with 23 separate businesses worldwide that has come to be defined by problems at the flagship U.S. network, particularly in prime time. CNN has never been able to solve the conundrum of how to keep viewers on quiet news days, while Fox News Channel and MSNBC have passed it by with combative programming that appeals to political partisans.

Depardieu's DWI

PARIS - French actor Gerard Depardieu has been briefly detained by police for allegedly driving drunk on his motorcycle.

Sipa news agency quotes police as saying the 63-year-old actor was brought in Thursday afternoon by Paris police after falling off his motorcycle.

The burly actor, who has appeared in more than 150 films, allegedly failed a sobriety test and was taken to a police station. Police then escorted him home, but he'll have to appear in court, Sipa reported.

It was one of several encounters with the law for Depardieu. He grabbed headlines when he urinated in the aisle of a plane before takeoff on a Paris to Dublin flight. He was removed from the aircraft.

Depardieu was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in 1990 film "Cyrano de Bergerac."

Lucas plans 2nd Yoda statue

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. - Star Wars fans may soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to help build a small park in Marin County that would include bronze statues of the popular Star Wars character and Indiana Jones.

His estate manager said the Yoda statue would be similar to one in San Francisco's Presidio neighborhood. That one - a full-sized replica of the Jedi sage - lies atop a fountain outside an arts center where Lucas moved most of his operations in 2005.

It has become a big draw for fans.

Lucas applied for a permit Wednesday to demolish a building on the site of the planned park in San Anselmo, the town where Lucas lives.