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Last Update on September 12, 2014 07:09 GMT


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Talk about irony. CBS yanked a music clip featuring Rihanna from its telecast of last night's NFL game -- because of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. The game featured the Baltimore Ravens, the team that fired Rice after a video was released showing him knocking out his then-finance with a punch to the face. The pre-game track would have seen Rihanna on Jay-Z's "Run This Town." In 2009, Rihanna was battered by her then boyfriend, fellow singer Chris Brown. The network says it dropped the music along with other "high-energy" elements of the broadcast because of Rice case, which has sparked debate on how the NFL deals with domestic violence cases. CBS Sports chair Sean McManus says the changes were made to give the game broadcast a "more subdued" approach. But he acknowledged Rihanna's beating by Brown was also a factor.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- One female Baltimore Ravens fan says while she doesn't agree with domestic violence, what happened between Ray Rice and his finance was "their personal business" -- and shouldn't have affected his career. Raquel Bailey wore a Ravens jersey with Rice's No. 27 as she went to see the Ravens host the Pittsburgh Steelers -- the team's first game since Rice was fired for punching out his then-finance. More than a few fans wore Rice jerseys. While all those interviewed by Associated Press reporters condemned Rice's actions, there was little agreement on what his punishment should be.

Baltimore Ravens fan Wayne Lewis says he doesn't agree with the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice suspension.

<<CUT ..016 (09/12/14)>> 00:13 "between their legs"

Wayne Lewis, Ravens fan

Baltimore Ravens fan Wayne Lewis was asked why he thinks the NFL changed Ray Rice's suspension from two games to indefinite this week.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than a dozen female senators say the NFL policy on domestic violence should be one and done. A letter from 16 lawmakers from both parties want the league to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for players who assault women. The senators say they were "shocked and disgusted" by video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in the face, knocking her out. They feel there should be no second chances for players involved in such conduct.

AP correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports 16 female senators want the NFL to be tougher on domestic violence.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Enough. That's what several TV networks have decided when it comes to airing the Ray Rice video. The clip has been shown a lot since it surfaced on Monday. But now, a number of outlets like ESPN, ABC and Fox Sports say they will no longer do so -- unless there's a compelling news reason.


UNDATED (AP) -- Two sports figures are finding their comments on the Ray Rice situation aren't going over well. NBA star Paul George tweeted: "If you are in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU... Then you obviously ain't beatin HER." When that created a stir, George pulled the posts and said he wasn't trying to downplay the situation.

And the San Francisco 49ers have suspended broadcaster Ted Robinson for two games. He said on the air that Rice's wife Janay was partly to blame -- for not speaking up. Robinson has since apologized.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael J. Fox says he'll never forget the shock of what happened 13 years ago yesterday -- when terrorists took out the World Trade Center, crashed a jet into the Pentagon and another hijacked jet went down in a field in Western Pennsylvania. He says it's a reminder that "our world could be turned upside down in an instant." Ben Stiller says it will be a day he'll always remember. They were among the celebrities who turned out for an event sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial firm that lost nearly 700 of its workers when the towers collapsed. In their honor, on September 11, the company donates all of its revenue that day to various charities.

Ben Stiller says the Cantor Fitzgerald event is a good way to mark the 9/11 tragedy.

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Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox recalls why 9/11 had such an impact on him personally.

<<CUT ..004 (09/12/14)>> 00:09 "away from it"

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox says there are lessons the nation has learned from 9/11.


HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The man accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman's young son and nanny nine years ago has been released from prison. Authorities in Montana say Kelly A. Frank will be in Las Vegas, where he'll be under supervision of Nevada parole officials. Frank was a painter at the talk show host's Montana ranch when he was arrested in March, 2005. His attorney says his client's comments that he could get $5 million from Letterman by holding the boy and his nanny for 48 hours were just "lighthearted conversation" -- not a serious plan. A spokesman for Letterman declined to comment on the release.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Tori Spelling is at it again. She's begin filming another season of her reality show. This year on "True Tori," she's trailed by cameras as she tries to patch up her marriage with her actor-husband Dean McDermott, who was caught cheating on her last year. Season two of "True Tori" begins airing next month.

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