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Friday, 26 July 2013 11:10

Paul McCartney not thinking retirement

NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney says as long as he can walk and get about, he plans to keep performing. He tells Rolling Stone magazine he "can't imagine ever not" performing and touring. He says it's: "what I do, and it's what I've always done, and I love it so much." He says now that he's in his 70s, he realizes he doesn't have the energy he did 50 years ago. He says sometimes after a long performance, he tells himself: "You know, you're not 25." He says so far he hasn't found "some kind of physical limitation" that keeps him from performing. If and when he does, McCartney says he'll deal with the idea of doing something about it.

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) - Can TV's bounty hunter collect a bounty for turning in his own wife? It's a question worth considering since police in Colorado say an arrest warrant has been issued for Beth Chapman, wife of Duane "Dog" Chapman. She is accused of verbally harassing a teenager. Her attorney, though, says she did nothing wrong. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports police in Monument, Colorado couldn't reach Chapman to issue a summons, so they got a warrant. Police aren't providing details about the alleged harassment, which took place earlier this month at a lake.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - It's one of the last times James Gandolfini performed. But chances are it will never see the light of day. An HBO executive says it's unimaginable the network will air the pilot Gandolfini shot for a show called "Criminal Justice." In the show, an adaptation of a BBC series, the late actor played a low-rent New York City attorney. Gandolfini died of a heart attack last month in Italy. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo says he can't imagine airing the pilot, knowing Gandolfini won't be doing any other episodes. Lombardo doesn't say what the future of "Criminal Justice" will be - but says it's being restructured as a miniseries. Gandolfini had two other movies - "Animal Rescue" and "Enough Said" - done but unreleased at the time of his death.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a chance for Cory Monteith's "Glee" family to say farewell to the actor. Fox TV says Glee co-star and Monteith's real-life girlfriend Lea Michel was on hand for yesterday's memorial in Los Angeles - as was the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. They, cast members and crew shared memories of the actor in what was described as "an emotional celebration" of Monteith's life. Montieth was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 13. An autopsy revealed he died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. Glee will do a special tribute episode honoring him - and addressing the death of his character, Finn.

Thursday, 25 July 2013 11:46

OJ Simpson gets Nevada parole hearing

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - O.J. Simpson goes before a Nevada parole panel Thursday, but even a favorable decision won't spring the former football star from prison after his 2008 kidnapping and robbery convictions. Simpson was sentenced consecutively on several convictions, meaning he would still have more time to serve. A two-member panel in Carson City will hear Simpson's parole petition Thursday. Simpson is scheduled to participate by video conferencing from the Lovelock Correctional Center. The panel is expected to make a recommendation the same day. It will then be forwarded to the seven-member parole board for consideration. Simpson's best chance for freedom lies with a pending decision by Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell. She's considering whether to grant him a new trial based on claims that his trial lawyer botched his defense.

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina-based home furnishings company that markets Paula Deen's furniture line is sticking with the embattled celebrity chef. The High Point Enterprise reports that Universal Furniture International will continue to market the Paula Deen Home Collection. Deen has been under fire since the revelation earlier this year of a legal deposition in which Deen admitted under oath to having used the N-word. Many companies have dropped Deen since the deposition became public. Jeff Scheffer with Universal Furniture says he feels bad for Deen. He says the Deen he knows isn't the one who has been portrayed in the media recently. Scheffer wrote retailers saying his company accepts Deen's apologies for her previous comments. He says part of the decision is based on retail customer feedback.

NEW YORK (AP) - "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon can expect some late nights at home as a proud new papa. A representative says Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen Fallon, welcomed a baby daughter Tuesday morning. The publicist says the first-time parents are "overjoyed." He and his film-producer wife were wed in 2007. The 38-year-old Fallon takes over NBC's "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno next year after hosting "Late Night" since 2009.

LONDON (AP) - Royal officials say Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander Louis. Palace officials said Wednesday that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Earlier in the day, the baby met his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. His parents - Prince William and Kate - then brought him to Kate's parents in their village near London - pretty much like any regular family.

QUEBEC (AP) - Paul McCartney has paid tribute to victims of a train disaster in Canada. He offered free concert tickets to survivors of the train wreck - and dedicated the song "Let It Be" to them. The rendition earned him the longest ovation of the night during the performance in Quebec City. About 1,000 people from the community of Lac-Megantic were given free tickets to the show, two weeks after a train disaster killed dozens of its residents. Speaking in French, McCartney told his audience: "I dedicate this song to you."

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Whitney Houston's grave in New Jersey now has a marker. It's now highlighted with a teardrop-shaped headstone - featuring the words "THE VOICE" in capitals and with the inscription: "I will always love you." Houston was laid to rest next to her dad in a cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey - about 20 miles west of New York City. Houston died February 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California - the night before that year's Grammys. An autopsy found she had drowned accidentally, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing to her death.