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February 11, 2006

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Tom Sizemore says he's 'surrendered' to drug problem

New York - Tom Sizemore, who has admitted in court to using methamphetamine, says he's struggling to come out from the haze of drug addiction.

The 44-year-old actor was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation after tearfully confessing that he used meth last month. He could have faced 16 months in prison after violating his probation stemming from a conviction for methamphetamine possession.

Sizemore says in an interview on CNBC's "The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch" set to air Monday at 9 p.m., that on a Jan. 18 visit to his probation officer, he confessed his problem.

Sizemore says he was wary of lying or hiding his meth use and admitted to his probation officer that he "slipped," noting that "there's a difference between a slip and a relapse."

His probation was revoked in July after he admitted faking a drug test and failing to be checked for drugs every three days. A judge reinstated probation in October after concluding Sizemore had begun to make "remarkable" progress in his battle with drugs.

Sizemore then tested positive for drugs Jan. 23.

ABC co-anchor pregnant

New York - ABC's "World News Tonight," scrambling to fill the gap left by its injured anchor, Bob Woodruff, is facing further instability: Elizabeth Vargas, Woodruff's co-anchor, is pregnant.

Vargas and her husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, are expecting their second child in late summer, they announced Friday. The couple have a son, Zachary, 3, and Cohn has two children - Max, 14, and Emily, 11.

Vargas, who with John Stossel also co-anchors the ABC newsmagazine "20/20," will continue to anchor both programs.

"I told Elizabeth that during such a difficult time for all of us, it's good to get such wonderful, life-affirming news," ABC News President David Westin said in a statement.

Woodruff is being treated in Maryland for injuries he sustained in an Iraqi roadside bombing on Jan. 29.

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