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August 23, 2001

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Trouble in Shangri-La

Severe bronchitis has forced Stevie Nicks to postpone two concerts on her "Trouble in Shangri-La Tour" while she undergoes treatment.

The former Fleetwood Mac singer was to perform Tuesday and Wednesday at the Universal Amphitheatre.

The 53-year-old singer will undergo tests and treatment in Los Angeles, and hopes to return Saturday for a Las Vegas concert if she responds well to medication. The two Los Angeles shows will be rescheduled.

Shania Twain welcomes son

Shania Twain feels like a mother.

The country singer gave birth to a boy, Eja (pronounced Asia), on Aug. 12, according to a publicist who works for a public relations firm representing Twain. He spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

The Grammy-winning country singer and her producer-husband, Mutt Lange, have been married since 1993. The baby is the couple's first child.

There he is, Tony Danza

Tony Danza will be the boss of the year's Miss America Pageant.

The former star of TV's "Who's the Boss?" will be the host of the 81st annual pageant, scheduled for Sept. 22 on ABC.

Danza replaces Donny and Marie Osmond, who were co-hosts the past two years, the Miss America Organization said Tuesday.

Gumbels agree on divorce

Bryant Gumbel and his wife have finalized their divorce, ending a bitter four-year dispute that included charges that "The Early Show" host had cheated with a series of mistresses.

The contentious divorce proceedings involved allegations by Gumbel's wife, June Gumbel, that the $5 million-a-year television star had left her destitute. Details of the agreement were sealed.

The Gumbels have two grown children: son Bradley and daughter Jillian.

During the divorce proceedings, Bryant Gumbel was charged financially ignoring his estranged wife. In early 2000, Gumbel started paying court-ordered emergency relief $4,000 a month, plus expenses that included her Visa bill, utilities and the mortgage on their suburban home.

U2 singer's father dies

U2 lead singer Bono lost his father to cancer Tuesday, but took the stage at a London concert hours later.

"I want to thank my old man, my father, for giving me this voice," Bono told the audience. "He was a fine tenor and he always said if I had his voice, who knows what might have happened."

Bob Hewson, 75, had suffered from cancer.

"He's free of all that now," Bono said.

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