Originally created 12/17/05

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NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson collapsed following a performance in Tokyo and has been hospitalized.

The 21-year-old singer on Thursday had just performed her single, "Boyfriend" for MTV Japan, when she told the audience she felt sick and said to them, "I love you guys," Us Weekly reported Friday. She then collapsed in an elevator and was rushed by ambulance to a hospital.

Her representative, Rob Shuter, confirmed the report to The Associated Press, but would not give further details or provide Simpson's condition.

Simpson, the younger sister of Jessica Simpson, has been touring to support her sophomore album, "I Am Me." She infamously was caught lip-synching her "Saturday Night Live" performance in October 2004.

Her upcoming appearance at the Radio Music Awards on Monday has been canceled.

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LONDON - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relatives of their Beatles' bandmates are suing EMI to recover what they claim is more than $53 million in unpaid royalties, their company said Friday.

McCartney, Starr and relatives of John Lennon and George Harrison are pursuing the case both in New York and London.

"We have tried to reach a settlement through good faith negotiations and regret that our efforts have been in vain," said Neil Aspinall, who heads Apple Corps Ltd.

"Despite very clear provisions in our contracts, EMI persists in ignoring their obligations and duty to account fairly and with transparency," Aspinall said.

EMI declined to comment on the case.


LONDON (AP) - "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has accepted libel damages from a tabloid that claimed she regularly had sex with men in a van outside her home, her lawyer told a court Friday.

The Daily Sport, which published the story in July and repeated it in August, agreed to pay "very substantial damages" and her legal costs, to print a front-page apology and promised not to repeat the allegations, attorney Simon Smith said.

The amount of damages was not disclosed.

David Hirst, representing the Daily Sport, said the newspaper accepted that the articles were entirely false.

"The defendant received the story from a source who it trusted, who in turn read the allegation elsewhere," Hirst said.

Smith said Hatcher "is a proud single mother to her 7-year-old daughter and naturally finds extremely insulting the lurid suggestion that she neglects her daughter in order to have regular sex with a series of men in a van parked outside her home.

"Such allegations are without any substance at all," Smith said.

Hatcher, who was not in court, issued a statement saying she had "tolerated many ridiculous and fabricated lies and gossip in the tabloids" as something that "just comes with the territory of fame."

"But when a story appeared about me, insinuating that I am an irresponsible and neglectful parent, I had to draw the line."


LONDON - Prince William will begin his training to become a British army officer on Jan. 8 when he starts attending the country's elite Sandhurst military academy, royal officials announced Friday.

William, 23, the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, follows his younger brother Prince Harry in attending the academy, Charles' Clarence House office said in a statement.

Charles is expected to travel to the school to bid farewell to William on his first day. The future king will be expected to bring his own ironing board so he can prepare his uniforms on a daily basis.

William, who is second in line to the throne, graduated from Scotland's St. Andrews University in June.

The two princes will be based in different parts of the college - William with new recruits in Old College and Harry in New College.

Harry, 21, enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May.

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BOSTON - A complaint will be dropped against a Connecticut woman who fell from the rafters at Fenway Park during a Rolling Stones concert if she stays out of trouble for six months.

At a hearing Thursday in Boston Municipal Court, a clerk magistrate declined to issue the misdemeanor charge that had been sought by police against Claire O'Leary, 20, of Westport, Conn.

O'Leary broke both ankles and her wrist after climbing into the right-field rafters on Aug. 21, then falling 35 feet to the seats below. O'Leary could not walk until late November, Clerk Magistrate Mark Concannon said.

Police had sought to charge her with disturbing a public assembly, and Thursday's hearing was held to determine if such a charge was warranted.

Concannon said police agreed to suspend the complaint after considering O'Leary's clean record and the severity of her injuries.

"Based on her medical record, she may never be able to run again," Concannon said. "She still walks very slowly and with a noticeable limp."


TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey lawmaker is hoping to get mileage from Bruce Springsteen's classic album "Born to Run."

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak is driving a proposal introduced Thursday to create specialty "Born to Run" license tags for Garden State drivers. Proceeds would go to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, a Springsteen-supported charity.

To become law, the bill must be approved by both houses of the Legislature by Jan. 9, the last day of the session, and be signed by the governor. The tags would cost $50, plus a $10 annual contribution.

Causes promoted through special-interest plates include wildlife conservation, the Battleship New Jersey and cancer awareness, among others.

Springsteen, who was in the capital city last month for the final stop on his "Devils & Dust" solo acoustic tour, also was recognized Thursday for his contributions to New Jersey and popular music.

A resolution honoring The Boss on the 30th anniversary of "Born to Run" was approved in a voice vote by the state Senate. Senators heard a recording of Springsteen's "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" before casting their votes.

A similar resolution failed last month in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, a snub attributed to Springsteen's vocal campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry a year earlier.

"That was not a very good thing to do," Lesniak said of the Republican brushoff. "In New Jersey, elected officials - Republican and Democrat - love Bruce, respect what he stands for. Everyone knows The Boss is from New Jersey, so I thought it would be fitting and proper to honor him and the E Street Band."

"Born to Run" embodies a lot of the New Jersey attitude, added Lesniak, a native of Elizabeth who said he has been to more than 50 Springsteen concerts. "We're on the move. We go away. We come back. Look at Springsteen. He's been around the world several times. He could live anywhere. But he still comes back to live in New Jersey."

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