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January 24, 2004

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McCartney's wife needs surgery

London -- Paul McCartney's wife, Heather Mills McCartney, must undergo major pelvic surgery nearly two months after the birth of her baby, her spokeswoman said Friday.

Metal plates inserted in her pelvis after a road accident 11 years ago need to be replaced as a result of the pregnancy, spokeswoman Anya Noakes said.

Mills McCartney, 36, had her first child, Beatrice, on Oct. 28. She gave birth by Caesarean section.

"The weight of the baby has caused the plates to come apart," Noakes said.

Mills McCartney's pelvis was shattered and her left leg was severed below the knee when she was hit by a police vehicle in August 1993.

Davis trades tools for playbills

New York -- Paige Davis is trading in "Trading Spaces" for Broadway -- at least temporarily.

The host of the popular TLC television series about couples who redecorate each other's homes joins the New York company of "Chicago" in June. Davis will star as Roxie Hart June 22-Aug. 8 while "Trading Spaces" is on hiatus.

The performer is no stranger to the long-running revival of the Kander and Ebb musical. She's appeared as one of the merry murderesses in the Broadway production of the show as well as in its national and international tours.

Shark bite victim hits slopes

Steamboat Springs, Colo. -- Bethany Hamilton, the world-ranked amateur surfing champion who lost her left arm in a shark attack, is tackling another kind of board.

The 13-year-old had always wanted to learn to snowboard, said her mother, Cheri. So after the Oct. 31 accident off the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she told her daughter, "As soon as you're well, you're going snowboarding, girl."

Hamilton did just that for the first time last Saturday at Steamboat Ski Resort in northwest Colorado.

Some snowboarding motions are similar to surfing, Hamilton said Wednesday, but there are some big differences.

"The (surfing) ride is way shorter and you have to paddle back out," she said. With snowboarding, "it's one long run and you take the lift back up."

Norway welcomes new princess

Oslo, Norway -- Norway's newborn princess and designated future queen has been named Ingrid Alexandra.

The baby was born Wednesday in Oslo to Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She's second in line to the throne, after her father.

In announcing the name Thursday, Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said both names had long traditions in the Nordic region and within the royal family.

"I personally think it is a very nice name. It combines a much used Norwegian name, Ingrid, with another not so much used name in Norway but with rich royal traditions," Bondevik said.

The newborn princess could someday become the first female monarch in Norway in nearly 600 years.

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