WASHINGTON

Obama, prime minister meet

President Barack Obama acknowledged Tuesday the challenge he faces winning congressional support for a major Asia-Pacific trade deal that has become a cornerstone of his second-term agenda. “It’s never fun passing a trade bill in this town,” the president said as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared their determination to seeing the deal through. Both Obama and Abe face domestic pressures on trade that have not only created sticking points between Japan and the U.S., but have also complicated Obama’s ability to win support for a broader 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

LOS ANGELES

Joni Mitchell’s health in dispute

Conflicting information about Joni Mitchell’s health was released Tuesday, with a longtime friend stating in a court filing that the singer was unconscious and unable to care for herself while a statement from the Grammy winner’s website stated she is alert and expected to make a full recovery. Mitchell has been hospitalized since March 31 for undisclosed reasons. Her longtime friend Leslie Morris filed a petition to become Mitchell’s guardian on Tuesday, stating that the singer-songwriter was unable to care for herself. Mitchell’s website states Morris’ filing seeks to get authority to make decisions for the singer once she leaves the hospital and is isn’t under the 24-hour care of a doctor.

PORTLAND, Ore.

‘Louie Louie’ singer Ely dies

Jack Ely, the singer known for Louie Louie, the low-budget recording that became one of the most famous songs of the 20th century, died at his home in Redmond, Ore., after a long battle with an illness. He was 71. His son, Sean Ely, confirmed the death Tuesday. As a member of the Ely and the Kingsmen recorded the song in 1963. It has inspired more than 1,000 cover versions and there’s no reliable estimate for how many times it’s been sung at parties. In addition to the song’s fame, Ely’s incoherent singing also made it one of the most misunderstood. The FBI was so mystified by the hard-to-understand lyrics that it conducted an investigation into whether the song was obscene.

NEW YORK

Tony Award nominees announced

The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday. The nominations ranged from 11-year-old Sydney Lucas in Fun Home to 82-year-old Chita Rivera, looking for her third Tony. Helen Mirren and Bradley Cooper each got nominations but Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison from Glee didn’t get nods. The best new play category includes Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two, Hand to God, Disgraced and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Compiled from wire reports.