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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson will be swapping significant others in the new season of "Celebrity Wife Swap." As usual, their lifestyles couldn't be more different. After a decade of drug addiction, Baldwin is sober and trying to rebuild his relationship with his former girlfriend Isabella Hoffman, who's raising their autistic son. Jackson and his wife Halima live a privileged life with their prized show dog, Fiji. Isabella is solely responsible for doing everything at her house, while Halima doesn't cook or clean or do much of anything domestically. They have to learn what it's like to live in each other's worlds. Celebrity Wife Swap premieres April 15 on ABC.

Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages. The singer told NBC's Today show that he wants to celebrate "very quietly," and added: "It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children." The two men, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, have two children. In quotes released on NBC's website Monday, the singer said: "We shouldn't just say 'Oh, well, we have a civil partnership, we're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married." Same-sex marriages were allowed for the first time in Britain Saturday, when a new marriage law came into effect.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control on a California street and smashed into a light pole, killing the actor and his friend. According to a crash reconstruction report released Tuesday, it was unsafe speed - not mechanical problems - that caused the crash. Based on post-crash calculations, investigators believe Roger Rodas was driving his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT between 81 mph and 94 mph. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol did the investigation, with the help of Porsche. Rodas and Walker had taken what was supposed to be a quick ride Nov. 30 from a fundraiser benefiting a charity that gives first-response aid to victims of natural disasters.   

      A woman who, as a newborn, was abandoned in the bathroom of a Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant said Tuesday she has found her birth mother just three weeks after launching a search that garnered worldwide attention.
 
     Katheryn Deprill, 27, said she felt "pure joy" when she met her biological mother for the first time Monday in an attorney's office.
 
     "She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy," said Deprill, who has become known as the Burger King Baby.
 
     Deprill began her quest on March 2 by posting on her Facebook page a photo in which she held up a sign that said, "Looking for my birth mother. ... She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post."
 
     The photo was shared more than 30,000 times by Facebook users around the world, and Deprill's story landed in numerous media outlets. That caught the attention of the woman claiming to have abandoned her, and she came forward to attorney John Waldron, who arranged for them to meet.
 
     Deprill said she bears a very strong resemblance to the woman, whose name she wouldn't disclose.
 
     "It looked like I was looking in a mirror," she said.
 
     Deprill, an EMT and married mother of three who lives outside Allentown in South Whitehall Township, said she embraced her mother.
 
     "I got the hug that I had wanted for the last 27 years, and that broke the ice," she said. "I asked if I could have it, and she said, 'absolutely,' and just held her arms open, and the rest is history."
 
     The pair met for about four hours and exchanged contact information. Deprill said they plan to meet again.
 
     "We are definitely going to have a relationship," she said.
 
     Deprill declined to address the circumstances of her abandonment, referring those questions to Waldron, who did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
 
     Waldron told WFMZ-TV that the woman said that, as a teenager, she was raped while traveling abroad and became pregnant. The woman said she hid the pregnancy from her parents and, when she gave birth, felt she could not take her newborn to the hospital.
 
     Waldron said the woman recently had launched her own search for the daughter she gave up.
 
     Deprill said her mother expressed regret during their meeting. Deprill said she forgave her "110 percent, absolutely."

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The crowd didn't like it when MK Nobilette was voted off "American Idol" last night. There were loud boos in the audience when the judges announced they wouldn't use their once-per-season save to keep MK in the competition. There was a heated discussion at the judges' table as they considered MK's fate. Use of the save has to be unanimous and Harry Connick Junior said they didn't all agree. Earlier in the season, MK came out as gay. The judges told her they thought the nation was ready for an openly gay American Idol. Dexter Roberts and Majesty Rose were also in the bottom three this week.

NASHVILLE (AP) - Merle Haggard will be honored for his 50 years in country music at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Haggard will receive the ACM Crystal Milestone Award at the ceremony on April 6 in Las Vegas. He was the ACM's first Entertainer of the Year in 1970. Haggard will also be the subject of a tribute album, featuring remakes of his songs by Garth Brooks, Thompson Square, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Toby Keith, among others. "Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" comes out April 1.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thanks to some fancy electronics, Roy Orbison's three sons will get to play music with their late father. Wesley, Roy Junior and Alex Orbison have come up with a song with their dad that will be on a rerelease of Orbison's final album, "Mystery Girl." The album will feature the new track, which was crafted from an old vocal for a song called "The Way Is Love." It was originally recorded on a boom-box. But with technology created specifically for the job, they were able to punch up the delivery to make it sound more professional. Alex Orbison says working on the song "really brought us closer together in a lot of ways." The rereleased and expanded album will drop May 20.

Friday, 21 March 2014 14:41

More Kurt Cobain evidence released

SEATTLE (AP) - There's some new evidence in the Kurt Cobain case - but nothing that changes the result. Police say they were reviewing the evidence collected in the case - and found several rolls of undeveloped film taken at the suicide scene of the Nirvana frontman. Those images were released yesterday. One shows a box containing a spoon and what appear to be needles on a floor next to half a cigarette and sunglasses. Another shows the same box closed, next to some cash, a cigarette pack and a wallet that appears to have Cobain's ID. Seattle police say they have been checking through the evidence in the Cobain to be ready for questions related to next month's 20th anniversary of his suicide.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Police in Florida say a Michigan tourist has returned a wrestling shoe autographed by Hulk Hogan that she took from a store in Clearwater. Authorities say the woman called the professional wrestling icon's Clearwater Beach store on Thursday, saying she wanted to return the shoe. A security camera captured images of the Sunday evening theft but it wasn't until Tuesday that employees realized the shoe - valued at $5,500 - was missing. Employees watched the security film and called police. According to Clearwater police, the woman says she "had done a stupid thing." Though she had returned to Michigan, she had left the shoe behind and arranged for three people she met while in Clearwater to return it to the store. No charges have been filed, but an investigation continues.

NEW YORK (AP) - Kanye West's campaign to get fiancee Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue magazine has finally paid off. They appear in a photo by Annie Leibovitz on the April issue. The photo shows Kardashian wearing a white wedding-style dress with West's arms around her. She posted it on her official Twitter and Instagram accounts saying: "This is such a dream come true!!!" West wrote "Thank you (at)voguemagazine" on his Twitter account. West has said he believed Kardashian is cover-worthy. In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest last October, he said "there's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't be on the cover of Vogue." He also said Kardashian was more influential than first lady Michelle Obama in her clothing choices. The couple are the parents of 9-month-old daughter North.

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