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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.



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''DANCING WITH THE STARS" ANNOUNCES NEW CAST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It almost doesn't seem fair to have Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis as one of the contestants on "Dancing With the Stars" -- except that her competition includes her 17-year dance partner, Charlie White. The next season also includes a contestant who doesn't have legs. Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy lost her legs when she was 19 to meningitis. Other competitors include Billy Dee Williams, Danica McKellar, Drew Carey, NeNe Leakes, Candace Cameron Bure (bur-AY'), former pro hockey player Sean Avery, James Maslow from Big Time Rush, pop singer Cody Simpson and distance swimmer Diana Nyad. This season comes with a twist: viewers will vote for dancers to switch partners, and all couples must switch at some point. The new season starts March 17 on ABC.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent

ABC has announced the contestants for the next season of "Dancing With The Stars," which starts March 17. AP entertainment correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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JUDGE ALLOWS RELEASE OF JUSTIN BIEBER URINE TEST VIDEO

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in Miami has ordered the release of police video showing Justin Bieber giving a urine test after his arrest in January. Judge William Altfield says two of the five video clips show Bieber's private parts as he gives a urine sample for a drug test. Altfield has ruled the sensitive portions of the video must be blacked out to protect Bieber's privacy. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Last week, police released a video showing Bieber walking unsteadily during sobriety tests.

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TERESA GIUDICE OF "REAL HOUSEWIVES" ENTERS GUILTY PLEA

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys) of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and her husband, Joe, could get prison time after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges. The Giudices appeared in court in Newark, New Jersey, today and admitted to exaggerating their income while applying for loans before the show started in 2007, then hiding their money in a bankruptcy filing after the first season. They also admitted submitting fraudulent mortgage and loan applications and fabricating tax documents. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return for 2004. He faces 37 to 46 months in prison, and since he's an Italian citizen, he could be deported. Teresa faces 21 to 27 months in prison. They will be sentenced July 8.

BRYAN CRANSTON STARS AS LBJ ON BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) — At this stage in his career, Bryan Cranston works because he can, not because he must. Cranston says after "Breaking Bad," he doesn't need to work ever again. That means he can take on roles that he finds fun or challenging. Cranston is making his Broadway debut as former President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All The Way," which is running now. Cranston may seem an unlikely actor to play LBJ, but he feels he's well cast for the role. Cranston says LBJ was a complicated man and he feels encouraged to be connected to a well-written play.

LIAM NEESON - "NON-STOP"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Liam Neeson has learned all kinds of action-movie fighting, but he hasn't retained any of it. Neeson says he's done a "mongrel version of different fight stuff for years," depending on what the film requires. Neeson says he learns enough to do the film, then he immediately forgets it -- with one exception. He says he still can wield a light saber with no problem. Neeson stars in the new movie, "Non-Stop."

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Liam Neeson, actor

Liam Neeson says he's not trained in any one particular style of fighting.

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Liam Neeson, actor

Liam Neeson says he felt his character in "Non-Stop" should be a regular guy, not a superhero.

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Liam Neeson, actor

Liam Neeson says for "Non-Stop," he worked with a special forces expert who trains air marshals.

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Liam Neeson, actor

Liam Neeson says he will learn fighting techniques for a film but he won't retain any of that knowledge. ((note length of cut))

WHITE HOUSE WILL HOST WOMEN OF SOUL CONCERT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Melissa Etheridge will be guests of the first lady at the White House this week. Michelle Obama will host a concert celebrating women of soul on Thursday. Janelle Monae (moh-NAY'), Tessanne (tes-AN') Chin, Ariana Grande (GRAN'-day) and Jill Scott will also perform. The show will be streamed live on the White House website and shown on PBS April 7.

BERKLEE WILL GIVE HONORARY DEGREE TO HARRY BELAFONTE

BOSTON (AP) — Harry Belafonte will get an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Berklee students and staff will perform Thursday at a concert celebrating Belafonte's life and music. Belafonte will receive an honorary doctor of music degree as well.

by Margie Szaroleta

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