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December 27, 2006

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Schwarzenegger undergoes surgery after breaking leg

Santa Monica, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's broken leg was put back together with wires and screws Tuesday, and the "Terminator" star should make a full recovery, though he will probably be on crutches during his inauguration next week, officials aid.

The 59-year-old former bodybuilder broke his right thigh bone over the holiday weekend while skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho. He underwent a 90-minute operation.

"Following the surgery, the governor was awake, alert and talking in the recovery room," said Dr. Kevin Ehrhart, who performed the operation at St. John's Health Center. "He is now fully coherent, and I have cleared him to resume his duties as governor."

Schwarzenegger will remain hospitalized for three days, and his full recovery will take about eight weeks, the surgeon said.

"I expect the governor to fully recover. The governor is not in a cast and will use crutches to walk while his leg heals," he said.

The governor's second inauguration is set for Jan. 5.

Signed Beatles album cover sells for $115,000

New York - An album cover signed by all four Beatles as a gift for George Harrison's sister has sold at auction for more than $115,000.

The sale, to an unidentified buyer, was believed to set a record price for a signed Beatles album purchased at a public sale, said Mark Zakarin, president of the online auction company ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com. The exact price, with the buyer's commission, was $115,228.82.

Bidding began at $25,000. The copy of "Meet The Beatles," the band's first U.S. release on Capitol Records, was put up for sale by Harrison's sister, Louise. The sale was Friday.

Harrison wrote above his signature: "To Lou with love from 'Brother'!!" John Lennon's inscription read, "To Lou many love from John Lennon X." Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr expressed similar feelings when all four signed the album cover while aboard a train to Washington for a 1964 concert.

Garner and Affleck's daughter baptized

Charleston, W.Va. - Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's 1-year-old daughter, Violet, has been baptized at Christ Church United Methodist, where the actress' parents are members.

Pastor Randy Flanagan said members of the congregation weren't star-struck - or didn't show it too much - when the Hollywood couple showed up on Christmas Eve with their daughter.

Violet's cousin Alex also was baptized.

Garner, a Charleston native, won a Golden Globe Award for her starring role as agent Sydney Bristow in the TV series "Alias," which ended its five-year run in May. Movie credits for the 34-year-old actress include "Elektra" and "13 Going on 30."

Affleck, also 34, is nominated for a Golden Globe Award for playing George Reeves, star of the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman," in "Hollywoodland." He won a screenwriting Oscar with Matt Damon in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting."

The couple were married in June 2005.

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