Billy Ray Cyrus back with patriotic album

Billy Ray Cyrus' life has seen a lot of upheaval in the past year. He nearly got divorced, endured public scrutiny of his daughter Miley 's behavior and a resulting backlash over his parenting, and saw the end of "Hannah Montana," the Disney phenomenon that changed the Cyruses lives forever.

But even though Cyrus has lived out his drama in the tabloids, he believes everyone can identify with his struggles.

That's especially true of members of the military, who have been on Cyrus' mind since the early days of his career. He salutes them on his new album, "I'm American," out Tuesday. He offers seven new songs on the Buddy Cannon-produced "I'm American" and a remake of "Some Gave All," the title track to his multi-platinum debut album that also included his breakthrough, "Achy Breaky Heart." That remake includes appearances by Jamey Johnson , Craig Morgan and Darryl Worley .

Court denies appeal by Mel Gibson's ex

A California appeals court has rejected a bid by Mel Gibson 's ex-girlfriend to remove his attorneys from a contentious child custody case because she consulted with one of their law partners.

Court records show the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles rejected an appeal by Oksana Grigorieva last week without hearing oral arguments.

The Russian musician had been trying to disqualify the actor-director's attorneys because she consulted with their firm in 2008 on a custody issue related to her son with actor Timothy Dalton .

Book of Mandela quotations released

A new Nelson Mandela book, slim, bound in black and set in eye-straining type, looks a bit like a Bible or a prayer book.

That's fitting, because the editors of "Nelson Mandela By Himself" brought something close to religious zeal to the task of choosing and checking more than 2,000 quotations to ensure the world gets the anti-apartheid icon's words right. The book was released Monday — days after U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama got an advance copy signed by Mandela when she met him during a recent visit to South Africa.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Blues singer-musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards , 96... comedian-movie director Mel Brooks , 85... actress Kathy Bates , 63... actress Jessica Hecht , 46... actress Mary Stuart Masterson , 45... actor John Cusack , 45... actress-singer Danielle Brisebois , 42 ... country singer Kellie Pickler , 25