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December 10, 2003

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Campbell pleads not guilty to aggravated assault charge

Phoenix -- Glen Campbell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony aggravated assault charge stemming from an incident with a police officer after an alleged hit-and-run collision near his Phoenix home.

The 67-year-old singer of hits such as "Rhinestone Cowboy" was accused of kneeing an officer after he was arrested Nov. 24 for allegedly striking another car and leaving the scene.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded before Judge Gregory Martin in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The singer also faces misdemeanor counts of extreme drunken driving, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Campbell's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 15.

Eminem lyrics get Secret Service's notice

Washington -- The U.S. Secret Service has looked into reports that rapper Eminem wrote lyrics that said "I'd rather see the president dead," but it doesn't plan a formal investigation, said a Secret Service spokesman.

"The Secret Service has no current plans to open an investigation into this matter," Spokesman John Gill said Monday. But "we are concerned about communications that can be interpreted in a manner perhaps not intended by the artist, and the potential peripheral impact that such lyrics can have on other individuals."

The Secret Service made preliminary inquiries because of lyrics in Eminem's song, "We Are American." The lyrics say "(Expletive) money, I don't rap for dead presidents, I'd rather see the president dead."

Osbourne recovering from surgery

London-- Ozzy Osbourne -- once a wild man of heavy metal music, now a dazed dad in a reality TV show -- recuperated in intensive care Tuesday from injuries including a broken neck vertebra after an all-terrain vehicle accident.

His wife, Sharon Osbourne, flew to the Wexham Park Hospital in Slough to be with him.

Osbourne fractured his left collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra in the accident Monday on his Buckinghamshire estate in southern England.

"It's satisfactory but it's going to be slow. I don't expect any major changes certainly for 24 hours," said Dr. Dick Jack, a hospital spokesman.

First a baby, maybe a wedding

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have applied for a marriage license in Santa Barbara County, Calif., USA Today reports.

The actress, 31, and her boyfriend, 26, frontman of the band Coldplay, are expecting their first child.

Mary Rose Bryson, a supervisor in the county recorder division, said the couple did not request a public marriage license. She said some licenses are granted confidentially and must be used in Santa Barbara County within 90 days.

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