Originally created 01/21/05

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NEW YORK - Before Donald Trump walks down the aisle for a third time, he'll strut back into the boardroom for the premiere of the third season of NBC's "The Apprentice."

Trump said the new season's "book smarts versus street smarts" boardroom sessions will have less "meanness" and more "emotion" compared with the previous season, which included screaming spats between runner-up Jennifer Massey and candidate Sandy Ferreira.

The real estate mogul called the confrontations, which were filmed last fall, "the best yet."

"I think they're deeper, more emotional," Trump told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I think the emotion is what makes them amazing. There are some that are unbelievable."

Although Trump wouldn't reveal who might be the next Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth or Raj Bhakta, he did use some choice words to describe the candidates from both book smarts team Magna and street smarts team Networth.

Trump said Magna team member Danny Kastner, a marketing technology firm owner, is "smart" and "deceptive," while lawyer Bren Olswanger is "cunning." Networth team member and real estate agent Audrey Evans is "very, very successful" and "she also happens to be very attractive."

Trump said race and sex don't factor into his firing process.

"I don't think about it," he told the AP. "I can't think like that. I hire the person."

The new season of "The Apprentice" premieres Thursday night. Trump will marry model Melania Knauss in Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday.

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NEW YORK - Married entrepreneurs Jonathan Fuller and Victoria Baker bickered their way across the globe on CBS' "The Amazing Race" but were eliminated during Tuesday's episode.

"I knew that he was going to be over the top. I know Jon very well," Baker told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I know he can be very enthusiastic. I was a little taken aback by his intensity. It was so off the charts."

Fuller went into the competition with hopes of being the show's villain, but he had no idea "it would look like that." Most of "that" were arguments and a shoving incident with his wife.

"I turned off my compassion," said Fuller. "I pushed the envelope too far. I learned a lot about myself. I'm deeply sorry if I offended people out there. I look at what I saw up there, and I didn't like the person that I saw."

Viewers (and host Phil Keoghan) were shocked when Fuller, 42, shoved the 32-year-old Baker after a footrace spat in Berlin during the fifth leg of the race. After the incident, Fuller declared he was done with the competition, something that wasn't seen on the show.

"I did quit the race," Fuller told the AP. "I said, 'It's done.' I was mad at how it was handled. I was mad at Phil. He kept asking me these questions. I was mad at myself. I was mad at the whole situation."

Seven hours later, Fuller changed his mind.

"It was a flip of a switch," he said. "Well into the morning, (the producers) said it was up to me if I showed up or not. I have to say the love of 'The Amazing Race' put me back on it."

"It was definitely a learning experience," said Baker. "You have to see yourself at your worst to be yourself at your best. I hope America gives us a chance. Jon and I been together a long time. Eight years is like a lifetime if you live in Los Angeles."

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LONDON - Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson visited a hospital maternity ward to encourage new mothers to breast-feed their babies.

Macpherson, who promotes breast-feeding for UNICEF, was shown around the maternity unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Manchester, northern England, Wednesday.

She presented the hospital with a Baby Friendly Award for its work in supporting mothers who want to breast-feed.

In 1994, before the Royal Oldham Hospital started working toward Baby Friendly standards, only 29 percent of new mothers were breast-feeding and almost all of those quit within the first four weeks after the birth. By 2004, almost two-thirds of new mothers were breast-feeding and 40 percent were still doing so after four weeks.

"I've been so impressed by the commitment of the staff to the ideals of being baby friendly," Macpherson said.

She breast-fed her two sons and said it was "the best start in life that I could have given them."

"However, many women do not get the help and support they need in order to breast-feed their babies, and this can be a major disappointment to them," Macpherson said.

The World Health Organization and UNICEF say that babies who are fed only breast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop illnesses in infancy, childhood and adulthood.

Their Baby Friendly Award is a globally recognized standard of care.


PARIS - Director Emir Kusturica, a two-time winner of the Cannes Film Festival's top honor, will serve as president of this year's jury, organizers said Wednesday.

The Sarajevo-born director, known for his whimsical, folkloric style, won the Palme d'Or for 1985's "When Father Was Away on Business" and 1995's "Underground."

Only three other directors have won the honor twice: Shohei Imamura of Japan, Bille August of Denmark and Francis Ford Coppola of the United States.

The 58th Cannes Film Festival will take place May 11-22. Last year, the Cannes jury headed by Quentin Tarantino awarded the top prize to Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."

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