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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country singer Loretta Lynn broke her shoulder in a fall at her home and was scheduled to have shoulder replacement surgery, a spokesman said.


Lynn, 71, injured her left shoulder Sunday. She was expected to have the surgery Thursday at a Nashville hospital and go home to recuperate, spokesman William Smithson said in a news release Wednesday.

The injury forced the cancellation of nine concerts scheduled in June and July. In February last year, Lynn was forced to cancel a pair of shows in Oklahoma and Texas because of pain from a back injury.

Lynn is a three-time Grammy winner best known for her autobiographical hit "Coal Miner's Daughter" and songs like "Rated X," "The Pill" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)."


LOS ANGELES - Television actor and "Dancing With the Stars" competitor John O'Hurley announced that he and his wife, Lisa, are expecting their first child.

They married in 2004.

O'Hurley, 51, is known for his role as catalog king J. Peterman on the long-running "Seinfeld" television sitcom. He also won a championship last October on "Dancing With the Stars," in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete against one another in choreographed performances.

O'Hurley triumphed in a viewer-judged rematch after losing in the previous season's finale several months earlier.


LOS ANGELES - Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards agreed to extend a temporary restraining order requiring Sheen to stay away from his estranged wife.

Neither actor was present in Superior Court Wednesday, where their lawyers agreed to an extension that keeps the order in effect until June 28, according to Gus Morales, court clerk for Judge Marjorie Steinberg.

The original order was issued on April 21. It requires Sheen to stay at least 300 yards from Richards and their daughters, 2-year-old Sam and year-old Lola, except during supervised visits.

The 35-year-old actress alleged in court papers that Sheen pushed, shoved and threatened her and her parents.

Sheen, 40, has denied the allegations.

Richards filed for divorce in March 2005 after three years of marriage. The couple seemed to have reconciled after the birth of their second daughter last summer, but in January they filed legal papers asking a private arbitrator to handle their divorce.


NEW YORK - Cybill Shepherd is joining the cast of "The L Word," Showtime's drama about a circle of gay friends and lovers who move in the trendiest of Los Angeles circles.

Shepherd will play a married woman with two grown children who begins questioning her sexuality, the cable network announced Tuesday.

She is slated to appear in 11 episodes of the show's fourth season, premiering in January.

The 56-year-old actress starred in the TV series "Moonlighting" and "Cybill." Her screen credits include 1971's "The Last Picture Show," directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

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LONDON - It's another magical result for J.K. Rowling.

The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter was voted Britain's greatest living writer in a survey released Thursday.

Readers of The Book Magazine ranked Rowling ahead of literary heavyweights including Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Harold Pinter and A.S. Byatt.

Rowling, who is writing the seventh and final Potter book, received almost three times as many votes as fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, who is No. 2 on the list.

The magazine's online poll allowed readers to choose from a list of 50 authors, or to add their own suggestion. The top 10 consists of Rowling, Pratchett, McEwan, Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Philip Pullman, Pinter, Nick Hornby, Byatt and, in a 10th-place tie, Jonathan Coe and John Le Carre.

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HONG KONG - Ang Lee was in Taipei this week, casting for his new film, the spy thriller "Lust, Caution," his brother said.

Lee, who is based in the United States, planned to spend two days in his home island, his brother Lee Kang told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The younger Lee, a film distributor, is helping the Oscar-winning director with casting arrangements.

The Apple Daily newspaper reported that Lee had met with Chinese stars Zhang Ziyi ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "House of Flying Daggers") and Zhou Xun, the reigning Hong Kong Film Awards best actress.

Lee Kang declined to name the actors his brother planned to meet.

Ang Lee, 51, won an Oscar for 2005's "Brokeback Mountain." His films also include "Hulk," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "The Ice Storm."

Lee plans to start shooting his new movie in September, with filming to take place in Hong Kong and Shanghai, his brother said.


SWAKOPMUND, Namibia - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have denied wedding bells are in the air, saying they want to concentrate on their newborn daughter and two older children.

"There is nothing in the air. The focus is the kids, and we are obviously extremely committed to the children and as parents together," Jolie, 30, told local journalists Wednesday at a news conference in the Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund. "So that kind of says it for us, and to have a ceremony on top of it is nothing."

It was the Hollywood couple's first public appearance since Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27 at a private clinic in Walvis Bay. Delivered by Caesarean section, the baby weighed 7 pounds and was said to be in good health.

Pitt and Jolie, who were first linked romantically after appearing together in the 2005 movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," planned to leave Namibia in the coming days, without specifying a date.

"We are very proud that our daughter was born here, and we leave with fond memories and definitely hungry to return," Pitt, 42, said.

Pitt and Jolie had retreated to the southwest African country for government-assisted privacy in the weeks leading up to the birth. They were accompanied by Jolie's children, 16-month-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia.

Both children had their surnames legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Pitt announced his intention to adopt them as well.

Jolie is divorced from Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller; Pitt and Jennifer Aniston divorced last year.


WASHINGTON - Queen Latifah says her self-confidence comes from a supportive family - even the brother who made fun of her when she wanted to play basketball.

"I got the support I needed from my mother, grandmother and aunts. But many women today do not have the confidence they need," the 36-year-old actress and hip-hop star said Wednesday while endorsing a National Women's Confidence Day.

Latifah, who was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for her role in 2002's "Chicago," said her brother also supported her, despite the ribbing over basketball.

Women need confidence to reach their goals, she said, but also to free themselves from an abusive relationship, to forgive hurts inflicted by others and to say they are sorry for hurts they themselves may have inflicted.

A National Women's Confidence Day has the support of the YWCA USA and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who wants it celebrated the first Wednesday in June.

Maloney called Latifah "one of America's best-known and certainly most-confident role models."

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