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Last Update on September 18, 2014 07:15 GMT

BARBRA STREISAND RELEASES "PARTNERS" ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) -- There were a lot of butterflies during the making of Barbra Streisand's duets album, "Partners." Streisand says everyone kept telling her, "I'm nervous singing with you!" and she'd say, "I'm nervous singing with YOU." Her collaborators include Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, John Legend and Babyface, who produced the album. Streisand says she had met Babyface at a party and said she'd love to work with him, and he replied with disbelief. She says there's a part of every talented person that's insecure and it never goes away. "Partners" is out this week.

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Barbra Streisand says she was as scared to record with some of her duet partners as they were with her.

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Barbra Streisand says she met Babyface at a party and asked him about collaborating because she's a fan of his work on the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack.

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Barbra Streisand says she had met Elvis Presley twice and wanted him to be in "A Star Is Born."

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Barbra Streisand says she recalls having a conversation with Elvis Presley about being a performer.((note length of cut))

LADY GAGA AND TONY BENNETT PREPARE FOR RELEASE OF "CHEEK TO CHEEK"

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Lady Gaga says she's a rebel and that's why she's stepping away from pop music to collaborate with Tony Bennett. Their "Cheek to Cheek" album covers jazz standards, or what she calls "the original pop music of America." Lady Gaga says songs like this time-travel when they get a modern spin on them. Bennett agrees, although he believes it's Lady Gaga who will time-travel. He says in 15 or 30 years, anyone who hears this record will not think it sounds old-fashioned. "Cheek to Cheek" comes out on Tuesday.

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Lady Gaga says her "Cheek to Cheek" album with Tony Bennett is full of music younger listeners should embrace.

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Lady Gaga says it's more in her nature to sing jazz. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..016 (09/18/14)>> 00:14 "to sound old-fashioned"

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Tony Bennett says he wanted to do the "Cheek to Cheek" album with Lady Gaga to make her part of the legacy of the great American songbook. ((note sound quality))

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Tony Bennett says it was pure joy working with Lady Gaga on the "Cheek to Cheek" album.

WEST POINT CADET TAKES PATTI LABELLE TO COURT

HOUSTON (AP) -- The trial has begun as a former West Point cadet sues Patti LaBelle for allegedly telling her bodyguard to beat him up at a Houston airport terminal in March 2011. Richard King says he was waiting for his family to pick him up when LaBelle's bodyguard and two others attacked him. He says he suffered a brain injury that forced him to drop out of West Point. King's lawyer acknowledges his client had a blood alcohol level of 0.28 but was minding his own business. LaBelle's attorney says King was the aggressor and had shouted racial insults at LaBelle. The trial is expected to last about a week.

CITY OF PORTLAND, MAINE, RESPONDS TO TIM McGRAW

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Portland, Maine, has a message for Tim McGraw: we're right here, come check us out. McGraw has a song on his new "Sundown Heaven Town" album called "Portland, Maine." It's a breakup song about a love leaving him and going to Portland. He sings, "Portland, Maine, I don't know where that is," and he adds, "I don't want to know." Jessica Grondin, a spokeswoman for the city, jokes the person who broke McGraw's heart "made a good choice in coming to Portland." She says the mayor will give McGraw a tour, if McGraw can find his way there.

SAMMY HAGAR CANCELS BIRTHDAY BASH

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sammy Hagar has called off his annual birthday party at his club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hagar says Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') has caused too much damage to the area's airport and town. His Cabo Wabo Cantina suffered only a little water damage. Hagar says it's with "an incredibly heavy heart" that he's decided to call off his Birthday Bash. He's still trying to find another place big enough to have the party, but he'll give refunds to fans who want them. Hagar was to play four nights for his Birthday Bash October 7-13.

LECRAE HITS NUMBER ONE WITH "ANOMALY"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lecrae has become the first artist to top both the Billboard 200 album chart and the Billboard Gospel albums chart at the same time. His album "Anomaly" sold 88,000 copies its first week. "Anomaly" also tops the Christian albums charts, and it's only the fifth album to top both that chart and the Billboard 200 at the same time.

MILEY CYRUS' VMA DATE HAS COURT HEARING

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) -- The homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus' award at the MTV Video Music Awards was 45 minutes late to his court date Tuesday in Dallas, Oregon. A judge nearly issued a warrant for the arrest of 22-year-old Jesse Helt but Helt showed up at the last minute. His hearing lasted about a minute. Court records show Helt violated his probation after he pleaded guilty to breaking into the apartment of a man he believed to be selling bad marijuana. Helt did not enter a plea and flipped off the media as he was driven away. He's due back in court October 7.

JEWEL RELEASES SONG TO DRAW ATTENTION TO HOMELESSNESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jewel says she loves that her latest song is not being used to raise money for homelessness, but awareness. She says her song "Home to Me" is just asking people to rethink. "ReThink" is the name of the public housing initiative that is using the song. Jewel wrote it based on an essay by Silvia Kearney of Ohio, who won a contest about what home means to her. Jewel herself was homeless at age 18 when she says her boss withheld her paycheck because she wouldn't sleep with him. The song is available for free through www.ReThinkHousing.org .

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Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets mostly fell today after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank's benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes.

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BEN McKENZIE-GOTHAM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben McKenzie says his run-in with a concrete post won't keep him from trying to do his own stunts.

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IN THE NEWS: CHINA HACKED COMPANIES LINKED TO PENTAGON

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's word of an effort by China's military to hack into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon.

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