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October 19, 2001

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Emily Couric dies at 54

State Sen. Emily Couric, a rising star in Virginia's Democratic Party, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer. The sister of NBC's "Today" show co-host Katie Couric was 54.

Couric died at her home in Charlottesville, where she had lived for almost 20 years.

Couric dropped out of the race for the nomination for lieutenant governor after being diagnosed with cancer in July 2000. She stayed in the Senate and took on the co-chairmanship of the state party even as she began an aggressive regimen of treatment.

During six years in the Senate, Couric fought to make Virginia the first state to require insurance companies to pay for colon cancer screening, a law that passed last year. The issue hit close to home: Katie Couric's husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998.

Britney bounces back from flu

Britney Spears has recovered from a case of flu that forced a five-day delay in the start of her tour.

Tour preparations were slowed after a doctor prescribed a week of rest for the ailing 19-year-old pop star. A publicist with Concerts West said Spears has recovered and started rehearsals in Los Angeles.

The new starting point for the tour is Oct. 31 at MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Spears is scheduled to perform 29 concerts in 28 cities over 50 days.

Drug-sniffing dogs land Snoop Dogg in hot water

Snoop Dogg was charged with marijuana possession after officers stopped two of the rap star's tour buses for speeding and found several bags of marijuana.

State Highway Patrol troopers said the bust occurred after a traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 90 west of Cleveland on Wednesday.

In one bus, they found Snoop Dogg, 29, and said they smelled burnt marijuana. Drug-sniffing dogs found six bags of marijuana weighing about 200 grams in the cargo hold of the bus.

The rapper was charged with possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor with a maximum $100 penalty, and possession of drug paraphernalia, which carries a maximum sentence of $250 and 30 days in jail. Two other passengers also were charged.

'Baywatch' reunion a bust?

David Hasselhoff is having trouble assembling the cast for his planned "Baywatch" reunion movie, tentatively titled "Baywatch Blast."

The TV movie being planned to launch a new Fox network series initially was to begin filming this week in Hawaii, but has been pushed back to spring, TV Guide Online reported.

"We (had) 25 cast members on our wish list, but then the budget was way too big," Hasselhoff said.

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