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Published: Fri, October 5, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Idol’ divas Carey, Minaj take feud public

NEW YORK

Is this “Idol” threat an idle threat?

Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters her fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning.

Consulting her notes, Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey just before the ABC talk show went on the air, with new details of Tuesday’s blowup between Carey and Minaj that was partly captured on video made public on the TMZ website.

Walters said Carey told her that “when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the [adjective unspoken by Walters] b----.”’

After a meeting Wednesday attended by the pair, Minaj said to Carey, “I love you, but we might fight again,” according to Walters. “Mariah responded, ‘No, we will not.’”

Walters said Carey told her that the singer had hired extra security.

‘Take a Letter, Maria’ singer Greaves dies

LOS ANGELES

R. B. Greaves, a pop singer who had a 1969 hit with “Take a Letter, Maria,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 68.

The coroner’s office says Ronald Bertram Greaves died of prostate cancer Sept. 27 at his home.

“Take a Letter, Maria,” about a man’s final letter to his cheating wife, hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart and went gold. The song, with its soul style and brassy horn edge, went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies and remains a popular oldie.

Ruby slippers heading to UK

WASHINGTON

Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are leaving Washington on their first international journey to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Judy Garland wore the shoes in the 1939 film in which she played a Kansas farm girl on a magical journey. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced the rare loan of its popular slippers Thursday.

They will be shown with Dorothy’s blue-and-white gingham dress in “Holly- wood Costume,” an exhibit opening Oct. 20 in London. Curators say it’s the first time Dorothy’s dress and shoes have been together since the movie was filmed. The dress is part of a private collection.

Vindicator wire services


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