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Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — It’s hard to imagine anyone could top Friday night’s benefit concert of first-rate artists performing Bob Dylan’s songs. But Dylan himself did it…and he didn’t sing or play a note. He just talked. And he talked. For 35 minutes, Dylan seemed to make up for sometimes not saying one word to the audience during his concerts.

As the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year, honored by the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, Dylan was introduced to the stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center by former president Jimmy Carter, who told the well-dressed crowd of music industry professionals and fans, “There’s no doubt that his words on peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any president of the United States.”

After a few more words from the former president, Dylan approached the podium. He opened by saying he needed “to thank some people tonight.” Then he was off to the races.

Dylan said he’s “eternally grateful” to the talent scout who long-ago signed him to Columbia Records when he was a nobody with a “non-commercial” sound. He thanked his first music publisher. He praised Peter, Paul and Mary for taking “Blowin’ in the Wind” and turning it into a hit. Dylan said it wasn’t the way he would have done it — he said “they straightened it out.” Since then, he noted, “hundreds of people have recorded it,” which he doesn’t think would have happened if it weren’t for that folk trio.

Dylan said he wasn’t a pop songwriter, but the Byrds, the Turtles and Sonny and Cher turned some of his songs into top-10 pop hits. He described their versions of his songs as commercials for his songwriting, and noted that now, 50 years later, his songs are actually being used for commercials, such as last year’s Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl.

Those pop versions of his songs were fine, Dylan said, but when Nina Simone covered his songs, including “Just Like a Woman” and “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” “it validated everything I was about.”

Dylan also mentioned Jimi Hendrix, saying he wished the late guitarist was still alive so he could thank him because he took “some small songs of mine that nobody paid any attention to and turned them into classics,” including “All Along the Watchtower.” Kudos also went out to Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Buck Owens and others for being important to Dylan along the way.

Then Dylan slapped down his critics who have been giving him “a hard time since Day One,” pointing out that “critics say I can’t sing. I croak.” That’s when Dylan asked why he gets “special treatment” when Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Dr. John should be blasted by critics, too. It was hard to tell if Dylan was trying to be funny or if he really was ragging on those other performers.

Finally, Dylan told how the MusiCares charity — which was created to help musicians in need of financial or medical help — came to the aid of a rockabilly one-hit wonder he knew and respected named Billy Lee Riley, who died of cancer in 2009. Dylan said MusiCares paid for Riley’s doctor bills and mortgage and gave him spending money to make him comfortable until the end. And Dylan said, “Any organization that would do that would have to have my blessing.”

Dylan himself didn’t perform, but many, many others did: there were 17 live performances in all, including Alanis Morissette doing “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Jack White singing “One More Cup of Coffee” and Norah Jones crooning “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.” The evening wrapped up with Neil Young performing “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Here’s the list of Bob Dylan songs that were performed live on stage at Friday’s MusiCares benefit concert:

Beck – “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”
Aaron Neville – “Shooting Star”
Alanis Morissette – “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Los Lobos – “On a Night Like This”
Willie Nelson – “Senor”
Jackson Browne – “Blind Willie McTell”
John Mellencamp – “Highway 61 Revisited”
Jack White – “One More Cup of Coffee”
Tom Jones – “What Good Am I”
Norah Jones – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks – “Million Miles”
John Doe – “Pressing On”
Crosby, Stills and Nash – “Girl From the North Country”
Bonnie Raitt – “Standing in the Doorway”
Sheryl Crow – “Boots of Spanish Leather”
Bruce Springsteen with Tom Morello – “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
Neil Young – “Blowin’ in the Wind”

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Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is close to a deal with the Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills, ESPN reports.

Incognito was involved in a bullying scandal along with former teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, who harassed Johnathan Martin during the 2013 season. Martin was then traded to San Francisco.

Incognito will visit with the Dolphins Saturday and take a physical, according to the report.

Following the bullying investigation, Incognito was suspended the final eight games of the 2013 season.

After being cleared to play all football activities, Incognito met with the Broncos and Buccaneers last year, but did not get signed.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Iowa next week to discuss economic politics and education during events at Drake University and Des Moines Area Community College.

According to the White House, Biden will deliver remarks on the administration’s economic policies at Drake University on Feb. 12. He will then participate in a roundtable discussion at DMACC focusing on the importance of helping more Americans go to college. Biden is also expected to touch on “the critical role that partnerships between community colleges and employers can play in helping Americans obtain the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.”

Biden’s trip to Iowa, the site of the first-in-the-nation caucus, comes after Republicans flocked to the state for the Iowa Freedom Summit last week as a preamble to potential 2016 campaigns.

It is not clear whether Biden would consider a run in 2016. In late January he said he had not yet decided, and if he were to run, “it won’t be [based on] who’s in the field…it will be whether or not I honestly believe that I have a chance to be able to really move this country in the right direction that is different than those who are running and that I can get that done.”

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Nuran Kansu/iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The Colorado state House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee rejected a bill that would have authorized patients with terminal illnesses to request and receive physician-assisted suicide.

A motion to postpone the bill indefinitely passed by a vote of nine to four, the State legislature’s website said.

The legislation specified that a physician would not have been allowed to “end an individual’s life by lethal injection, mercy killing, or active euthanasia,” but rather to “prescribe to the individual for self-administration by ingestion, life-ending medication. The bill would also have required the patient to be a Colorado resident, have a terminal illness, be capable of making health care decisions and voluntarily request the medication.

Patients further would have had to get two doctors to sign off on the request, which must have been made orally and in writing.

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Nuran Kansu/iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The Colorado state House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee rejected a bill that would have authorized patients with terminal illnesses to request and receive physician-assisted suicide.

A motion to postpone the bill indefinitely passed by a vote of nine to four, the State legislature’s website said.

The legislation specified that a physician would not have been allowed to “end an individual’s life by lethal injection, mercy killing, or active euthanasia,” but rather to “prescribe to the individual for self-administration by ingestion, life-ending medication. The bill would also have required the patient to be a Colorado resident, have a terminal illness, be capable of making health care decisions and voluntarily request the medication.

Patients further would have had to get two doctors to sign off on the request, which must have been made orally and in writing.

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Oleg Zabielin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The parents of an American woman held hostage by ISIS revealed they had privately communicated with the terror group before it claimed she was killed a recent Jordanian airstrike.

A statement that circulated Twitter on Friday said an airstrike outside Raqqa, Syria, killed Kayla Mueller. The statement used her full name, which had not been made public.

The claim could not be immediately confirmed and ISIS did not provide photographic evidence of Mueller’s death, as the group has in the past with other hostages and its own fighters.

In a statement released Friday night, Mueller’s parents said, “This leaves us concerned, yet, we are still hopeful that Kayla is alive.”

Addressing Kayla’s captors directly, Carl and Marsha Mueller also requested that the terror group respond to their private communications.

“Kayla’s mother and I have been doing everything we can to get her released safely. At this time we ask you, who are holding Kayla, to contact us privately,” the statement said.

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said they have “not at this time seen any evidence that corroborates ISIL’s claim,” using an alternate acronym for the terror group.

A Jordanian official told ABC News ISIS’s claim was “illogical” and was part of the terror group’s public relations campaign. “We need to be very careful not to fall in their trap,” the official said.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, called ISIS’s claim “an old and sick trick.”

“So they behead innocent #US #UK & Japan hostages & BURN a brave #jordan pilot ALIVE & now a hostage is killed by an airstrike? Sure! Sick!” Judeh said on Twitter, referring to previous atrocities apparently committed on camera by ISIS fighters.

The ISIS statement appeared to contain some discrepancies, including Thursday’s date on accompanying pictures purportedly showing the building that was struck, while the statement claimed the strikes occurred during Friday prayers. ISIS also claimed Mueller, 26, was the only person killed in that particular airstrike, with none of its fighters injured or killed.

Officials believe ISIS has misled the public before about the fate of hostages. The Jordanian government said ISIS killed a Jordanian pilot the terror group was holding a month ago, even though the terror group pretended he was alive during hostages negotiations last week.

In August, ABC News reported ISIS had demanded $6.6 million for Mueller’s release.

“We are pouring through information right now,” one U.S. official said, “but there is no hard evidence” that Mueller has been killed. Another official said that U.S. intelligence had reason to believe Mueller was alive as of a few weeks ago.

Mueller, from Prescott, Ariz., was kidnapped Aug. 4, 2013 after leaving a Spanish Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria, according to information provided by a family spokesperson.

She had graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 and “has devoted her career to helping those in need in countries around the world,” the family spokesperson said.

“Kayla has devoted her life to serving others,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s said in a statement released Friday night. “At just 26, she has literally been around the world, with the simple but righteous goal of making it a better place. As long as there are humanitarians like Kayla in this world, evil will not prevail,” the statement said.

Mueller told her town’s local newspaper, The Daily Courier, she felt called to help those suffering the most in the midst of the Syrian conflict.

“For as long as I live, I will not let this suffering be normal,” she said in the May 2013 report. “[I will not let this be] something we just accept… It’s important to stop and realize what we have, why we have it and how privileged we are. And from that place, start caring and get a lot done.”

In October 2011, Mueller uploaded a video to a Syrian activist YouTube channel in which she said, “I am in solidarity with the Syrian people.”

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Rosie O’Donnell is leaving ABC’s The View to spend more time with her children.

The co-host and her wife Michelle Rounds split in November, O’Donnell’s rep Cindi Berger confirms to ABC News Radio, adding, “Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention. This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first. ABC has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her personal decision to leave The View. Next week will be her last.”

Meanwhile, ABC issued a statement saying, “Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show. When she told us that she wanted to exit The View, we respected and understood her desire to put her well-being and her family first.”

The network added, “We’re delighted she’s still part of the ABC family with upcoming guest appearances onThe Fosters. And we know she’ll return to The View often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and her family.”

O’Donnell first left The View in 2007. This past September, she returned for the launch of the show’s 18th season, along with new co-hosts Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez, as well as returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Rosie O’Donnell is leaving ABC’s The View to spend more time with her children.

The co-host and her wife Michelle Rounds split in November, O’Donnell’s rep Cindi Berger confirms to ABC News Radio, adding, “Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention. This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first. ABC has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her personal decision to leave The View. Next week will be her last.”

Meanwhile, ABC issued a statement saying, “Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show. When she told us that she wanted to exit The View, we respected and understood her desire to put her well-being and her family first.”

The network added, “We’re delighted she’s still part of the ABC family with upcoming guest appearances onThe Fosters. And we know she’ll return to The View often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and her family.”

O’Donnell first left The View in 2007. This past September, she returned for the launch of the show’s 18th season, along with new co-hosts Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez, as well as returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Toronto Raptors 123 (34-17) – Los Angeles Clippers 107 (33-18)

Orlando Magic 103 (16-37) – Los Angeles Lakers 97 (13-37) – Overtime

Indiana Pacers 103 (19-32) – Cleveland Cavaliers 99 (31-21)

Brooklyn Nets 92 (21-28) – New York Knicks 88 (10-40)

Boton Celtics 107 (19-30) – Philadelphia 76ers 93 (11-40)

Detroit Pistons 98 (20-31) – Denver Nuggets 88 (19-32)

Atlanta Hawks 124 (42-9) – Golden State Warriors 116 (39-9)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (21-22-9) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (22-27-4)

Columbus Blue Jackets 7 (22-25-3) – St. Louis Blues 1 (34-14-4)

Washington Capitals 3 (28-15-10) – Anaheim Ducks 2 (34-12-7) – Shootout

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Toronto Raptors 123 (34-17) – Los Angeles Clippers 107 (33-18)

Orlando Magic 103 (16-37) – Los Angeles Lakers 97 (13-37) – Overtime

Indiana Pacers 103 (19-32) – Cleveland Cavaliers 99 (31-21)

Brooklyn Nets 92 (21-28) – New York Knicks 88 (10-40)

Boton Celtics 107 (19-30) – Philadelphia 76ers 93 (11-40)

Detroit Pistons 98 (20-31) – Denver Nuggets 88 (19-32)

Atlanta Hawks 124 (42-9) – Golden State Warriors 116 (39-9)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (21-22-9) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (22-27-4)

Columbus Blue Jackets 7 (22-25-3) – St. Louis Blues 1 (34-14-4)

Washington Capitals 3 (28-15-10) – Anaheim Ducks 2 (34-12-7) – Shootout

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