Originally created 11/11/05

People in the News



NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson may have followed sister Jessica's lead by launching a singing career, but she's not interested in mirroring her romantic life by linking up with a famous guy.

"If you fall in love with somebody, you fall in love with somebody, but I would really like to not like a celebrity," she said with a laugh in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Of course, Jessica Simpson is married to fellow singer Nick Lachey. The pair has been under a microscope since their MTV reality show "Newlyweds" made them A-list stars. It has recently been reported that they have broken up; publicists for the pair have denied it.

Like her sister, Simpson also has had a celebrity romance - though not as high profile. She dated fellow singer Ryan Cabrera, and also like her sister, had her relationship chronicled on an MTV reality show last year.

"It's definitely interesting when your relationship is in a magazine and people know about it and how I had this reality show and people knew what was going on in my relationship," she said.

The pair have since split, though she is still friends with Cabrera and calls him a "great guy."

But an average Joe seems to have a better shot with Simpson these days.

"I think it would definitely be easier. I'm not looking for an actor, I'm not looking for a musician!"

Simpson's latest album, "I Am Me," was released last month.

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - Ashley Judd has come to this Central American capital to join 3,000 Latin American politicians, police chiefs, doctors and activists in a regional forum on HIV.

Judd, who has been the ambassador of U.S.-based project Youth AIDS since 2002, on Wednesday met briefly with Salvadorian Foreign Minister Francisco Lainez, who thanked her for her visit.

"She can raise interest among the public and politicians about the need to increase efforts to prevent the spread of AIDS," Lainez said.

AIDS activists hope Latin American governments will sign commitments by the end of the conference on Friday to make medicine more easily available to HIV sufferers.

"We hope that (presidents) fulfill their promises," said Ordi Miranda, director of "Atlacatl," a Salvadoran foundation for HIV sufferers.

More than 40 million people around the world have HIV, including more than 1.7 million Latin Americans, according to the United Nations.

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On the Net:

http://www.youthaids.org

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NEW YORK (AP) - Dating Lance Armstrong has given Sheryl Crow a taste of what it feels like to be part of a celebrity couple - and she's not too crazy about it.

"I think we've actually escaped a lot of it, because I've seen what happened to Brad and Jen and Nick and Jessica," Crow told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

Crow said celebrity magazines are more interested in seeing a couple break up than reporting on them being happy together. The 43-year-old singer and Armstrong, 34, announced their engagement in September.

"When we were rumored to have split, and when our publicists called these magazines to say we haven't split, the magazines were all so disappointed because that's really what's selling, rooting for a couple and then they split," she said. "That's what sells the magazines."

And Crow says it's not just tabloids that perpetuate the negative vibe.

"There's so much harshness in the world now, there are so many hard edges," she complained. "I cannot pick up a magazine or really even for that matter a newspaper without some kind of nasty editorial comment that just offends me. Why can't we just report things the way they are or see things for the good in them?... It's an insidious energy."

Although Crow was by Armstrong's side to cheer him on during his last two wins on the Tour de France and she credits him for inspiring her latest album, "Wildflower," Crow says she tries to keep her relationship with him as private as possible.

"Our life is somewhat out there, but we protect it pretty heavily."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Country singer-turned-sitcom star Reba McEntire will host the seventh annual Family Television Awards.

"She's a great entertainer and a solid role model," said Kaki Hinton, co-chairwoman of the Family Friendly Programming Forum, which presents the awards.

McEntire, star of the WB show "Reba," first hosted the awards in 2000.

A group of national advertisers created the forum in 1998 to promote airing family-oriented fare during television's primetime hours, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

It funds script development for programs that "have cross-generational appeal, depict real-life situations and handle those issues very responsibly," Hinton said.

The group's efforts are not totally altruistic, said Pat Gentile, national television programming manager for Procter & Gamble and a forum member.

"We're all in business," he said. "If you can have an adult and the children all in one place, watching a program with your advertising available, that's a home run."

The Family Television Awards will be taped Nov. 30 and aired Dec. 11 on the WB.