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Bieber, Gaga, Obama join Beyoncé for campaign

NEW YORK – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama are giving a helping hand to Beyoncé.

Obama and the pop stars have signed on to support Beyoncé and the global campaign for World Humanitarian Day, which is today.

The campaign asks that people help others today through such acts as making sandwiches for the homeless or volunteering at a local charity. The goal is to share 1 billion messages of hope.

Beyoncé performed her song “I Was Here” at the United Nations in New York last week to promote World Humanitarian Day. The performance was taped and the music video will debut today. The song is from her latest album “4.”


Police comb theaters after threat to Carmike chain

COLUMBUS, Ga. –Movie theaters in several states were combed for explosives Friday after someone phoned in a bomb threat to the corporate headquarters of Carmike Cinemas, a spokesman for the chain said.

Carmike officials alerted the FBI after discovering the threat in a voicemail message Friday morning, said company spokesman Terrell Mayton. He said the call was placed after hours Thursday by someone claiming to work for a contractor that provides janitorial services to Carmike.

No bombs were found. Most theaters were cleared to open before their first show times Friday, Mayton said.

Since a July shooting at a movie theater in Colorado killed 12 and injured 58, theaters nationwide have been on alert. Several people since have been arrested for disrupting movies and bringing firearms to theaters.


GM, Isuzu recall 258,000 SUVs to fix power windows

DETROIT – General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power-window and door-lock switches that can cause fires.

The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter. Colorado was not among them.

GM has reports of 28 fires. It doesn’t know of any injuries caused by the problem.


Police release more video in patrol car shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Police video recorded the night a young man was fatally shot in a northeast Arkansas patrol car while his hands were cuffed behind his back hasn’t resolved questions about whether he shot himself in the head as officers said.

Jonesboro police released footage to The Associated Press and other news organizations under a Freedom of Information Act request last week. They released more footage Friday amid questions about why the first batch of video appeared to end before the officers found Chavis Carter, 21, slumped over and bleeding in the back of a patrol car July 28 as described in a police report. Police have said officers had frisked Carter twice without finding a gun.

The second batch of video occurred after Carter was discovered, police said.

The internal police investigation into the shooting has not yet been completed. The FBI has said it also is monitoring the case.

Associated Press