Originally created 12/16/03

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RENO, Nev. -- The comedian Sinbad joined a group of well wishers at a send-off for nearly 100 Nevada Army Guard members who began their deployment in support of the war against terrorism.

While the soldiers waited to check in their duffel bags Sunday at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the comedian spent time shaking their hands and telling them how much he appreciated their efforts.

"He was telling us to stay safe, take care and good luck," said Spec. Timothy Carr of Reno.

Sinbad was preparing to catch a flight of his own after performing Saturday night at a Lake Tahoe resort.

The nearly 100 members of the guard's 321st Signal Company will be deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia after receiving advanced training at Fort Lewis, Wash.

The company, which installs, operates and maintains digital communication equipment, will remain on active duty for 12 to 18 months.

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. John W. Warner is going down the aisle again.

Warner, considered one of Virginia's most eligible bachelors, was scheduled to marry real estate agent Jeanne Vander Myde at National Cathedral on Monday.

It will be the third marriage for both Warner, 76, and Vander Myde, 65.

In recognition of the couple's shared Scottish heritage, Warner, R-Va., will don a Scottish kilt. Many in the wedding party are expected to wear traditional Scottish attire.

"I do not look upon this as a celebrity event," Warner said. "We have no intention of becoming a power couple."

Warner was Navy secretary when his first marriage, to banking heiress Catherine Mellon, ended in divorce in 1973. The settlement made Warner a millionaire with the means to enter political life.

Three years later, he married screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, who turned him into an overnight celebrity and helped him win his Senate seat in 1978 in a close race. The two were divorced in 1982.

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NEW YORK -- Diane Keaton says she had so much fun working with Jack Nicholson on the set of "Something's Gotta Give" that she wants to team up with the veteran actor again - but played down rumors the two were an item.

"I love Jack," she told Newsday in an interview. "Words can't describe how amazing that guy is, on every level, in every possible way.

"We used to talk about on the set the fact that for sure we're going to be doing a series so we can be together all the time, since it doesn't look like we were fated to be together in the other way."

In "Something's Gotta Give," Keaton plays a divorced playwright who becomes romantically involved with her daughter's boyfriend, a record executive played by Nicholson. The movie debuted at the top of the box office this weekend with $17 million.

Keaton, who turns 58 in January, said she knew she was onto something good when the role came her way.

"Every now and then, life presents you with something really special, which is rare, and you go, 'Oh me? I get to try this?"'


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