NEW YORK (AP) - Valerie Harper is beating the odds as she continues to be treated for terminal brain caner. Her doctor tells the "Today" show that she's "pretty close to remission." He says that "defies the odds." Doctors gave her three months to live. That was six months ago. But it still doesn't mean she's in the clear. He says the cancer will eventually develop a resistance to the therapy. So he says it's "not a matter of if, it's a matter of when" she'll have a relapse.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A mansion once owned by Liberace has sold for a half-million dollars. The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported the all-cash sale closed on Aug. 23 for $29,000 less than the listing price. The two-bedroom, 10-bathroom home with nearly 15,000 square feet of space was built in 1962 and sits on a half-acre lot in an aging neighborhood near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It features touches reminiscent of the flamboyant pianist, including chandeliers, a mirror bar etched with Liberace's signature, and a room with tile piano keys in the floor. Liberace bought the home in 1974, and it was sold in 1989, two years after he died. Realtor Brad Wolfe says buyer Martyn Ravenhill is a Liberace fan but hasn't developed specific plans for the home.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fergie is a proud mother. A representative for the singer says she gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel on Thursday. Axl Jack is Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel's first child. The 38-year-old singer married the 40-year-old actor in 2009. She officially changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel this month. Fergie is one-fourth of the Black Eyed Peas. She released her solo debut, "The Dutchess," in 2006. The album launched five big hits, including "Fergalicious" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." Duhamel has appeared on television shows including ABC's "All My Children" and in movies such as "Transformers."
NASHVILLE (AP) - Even as Randy Travis recovers from a stroke and heart failure he suffered last month, he is putting out new music. Travis will release an album in honor of his musical heroes called "Influence Volume 1: The Man I Am." Those heroes include Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Ernest Tubb. It's uncertain when Travis made the recordings. One of the songs will be a duet with Joe Nichols on "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum," which Travis debuted during the CMA Music Festival in June. "Influence Volume 1" comes out October 1.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Alan Jackson's 20-year-old daughter has been accused of hitting a police officer and then using her father's name as leverage. Alexandra Jane Jackson has been charged with assault, underage drinking and resisting arrest during a traffic stop in Nashville yesterday. Police say she was irate and refused to stay in the car, and she struck an officer. The police affidavit says Jackson resisted when officers cuffed her. As she was booked into the jail, she told the officer her father "would do anything I wanted him to do." WSMV-TV reports she was released early yesterday. Alan Jackson's spokeswoman had no comment.
NEW YORK (AP) - Danny DeVito introduced Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas back in 1998. They were married two years later. Douglas was 56 and had just gotten over a messy divorce. He said he never thought he'd get married again. Zeta-Jones said at the time that they didn't take their vows lightly. Now, 13 years later, they're taking a break to take stock of where they are. A spokeswoman for Zeta-Jones says they're "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage."
NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman celebrates his 20th anniversary tonight with the same guest who was on the couch the first day he started on CBS. Bill Murray was not only Letterman's first guest on "Late Show," but he was also the first guest when "Late Night" premiered on NBC in 1982. This will be Murray's 26th appearance since Letterman started on CBS in 1993. Tonight's episode will be the 3,897th on Late Show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cuba Gooding Junior hopes today's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington spreads the word about the sacrifices made during the civil rights movement. He says when he was out promoting "The Butler," he was shocked to find people who weren't aware of what went on. He says one man says he didn't understand the reference to sit-ins in the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song "Same Love" until he saw The Butler.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker will be speaking at today's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. They co-star in "The Butler." Jamie Foxx, who played a freed slave in "Django Unchained," will also speak, along with President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Entertainment will be provided by LeAnn Rimes, BeBe Winans and Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, who sang at the original march as part of Peter, Paul and Mary.
NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Buble is the latest new celebrity dad. And he's also the latest celebrity dad who has announced his changed status to the world through social media. The pop star posted a photo of his actress wife and their son Noah on his Instagram account yesterday. A rep for the Canadian-born singer confirms the birth. Buble is 37 and his wife is 26. The couple has been married since 2011.