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November 24, 2005

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Spears, baby, husband on People magazine

New York - Britney Spears has given the world its first glimpse of her baby boy.

The pop star appears with infant Sean Preston and husband Kevin Federline on the cover of the latest issue of People magazine, on newsstands Friday.

The headline proclaims: "Baby LOVE!"

Spears says she's "ecstatic" about being a mom and most enjoys "taking an afternoon nap in bed" with her 9-week-old son.

Photos of Spears, Federline and their baby were published online last month, but were taken down within hours after Spears' record label, Jive Records, issued a statement threatening legal action.

The photos were allegedly stolen from a private photo session. The photos in People magazine are from that shoot, making them more than a month old.

Sean Preston is the first child for Spears, 24. Federline, 27, has two children with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson.

Spears is reportedly interested in starring in the Broadway musical "Sweet Charity," but neither Spears nor the show's producers have confirmed they are in talks.

Princess Diana photos to go on display today

London - Photographs from Princess Diana's last fashion shoot will go on display this week at Kensington Palace, her old home.

Mario Testino took the set of 15 photos for Vanity Fair magazine in 1997, five months before Diana died in a car crash in Paris.

In the photos, seven of which have never been published or exhibited, Diana wears dresses she planned to auction for charity later that year.

Several of the intimate photos show Diana smiling with her hands on her hips. Others have her reclining in strapless evening gowns.

The informal photos show a happy, relaxed Diana, said Beatrice Behlen, a curator of the Kensington Palace dress collection.

"They remind me of when you want to go to a party and you're trying on different outfits, and someone is taking a few snaps - a few really good snaps," she said. "They don't look like a photo shoot."

Nine of Diana's dresses, including the four she wore in Testino's photographs, are also being displayed.

The exhibition opens today and continues until July 1, 2007.

Cruise buys sonogram machine for fiancee

New York - Tom Cruise and his pregnant fiancee, Katie Holmes, will be able to see the development of their baby in the comfort of their socks and underwear.

"I bought a sonogram machine," Cruise says on ABC's "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005," to air Tuesday at 9 p.m. CDT. Excerpts of the interview are published in the latest issue of People magazine, on newsstands Friday.

The 43-year-old actor said the couple will do their own sonograms, which show fetus development with ultrasound waves. Cruise said he will donate the machine to a hospital after the baby is born.

Kansas City video game master wins tournament

New York - A 24-year-old video game master from Kansas City, Mo., won a $150,000 prize on Tuesday by besting a rival in the Cyberathlete Professional League World Tour Grand Finals.

Johnathan Wendel, who goes by the name "Fatal1ty" in the world of multiplayer games, beat Sander Kaasjager, a player from the Netherlands known as "fnatic.Vo0," for the competition's top prize.

"It took a lot of practice coming into this tournament, training about eight hours a day for the last two to three weeks," Wendel told AP Television News after the event. "To win $150,000 playing a video game - that's the best."

Wendel has been playing video games since about the age of 5, when his father gave him a Nintendo system and he first played Ikari Warriors. About the age of 15, he started taking home prizes from local competitions. At 18, he entered his first professional tournament in Dallas.

Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey officially separate

Los Angeles - After months of rumors, denials and salacious magazine covers, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are officially calling it quits.

The couple jointly announced their separation Wednesday, their publicists Meredith O'Sullivan and Rob Shooter confirmed.

"After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," Simpson and Lachey said in an official statement.

"This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other. We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

The two pop singers wed in October 2002 and went on to star in their own reality show, "Newlyweds," on MTV. Lachey had been part of the boy band 98 Degrees. The show made them A-list celebrities.

Following Simpson's role in 2004's "The Dukes of Hazzard," tabloid magazines began reporting trouble in the marriage.

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