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February 28, 2006

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George Michael arrested for suspected drug possession

London - George Michael said his arrest for suspected drug possession in London this weekend was "my own stupid fault, as usual."

The 42-year-old pop singer was arrested Saturday after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car at Hyde Park Corner in central London.

He was bailed out and is to return to a police station next month.

"I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout," Michael - who rose to fame as half of the 1980s pop duo Wham! - said Monday in a statement.

Class C drugs, the lowest category of illegal drugs, include marijuana, anabolic steroids and some amphetamines.

Michael was arrested in 1998 for lewd conduct at a public restroom in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Madonna 'strong again' after horse riding accident

New York - Madonna says she's "strong again" after breaking nine bones in a horse riding accident at her country home outside London last year.

"Well, I did survive 2005," the pop diva says in an interview in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar, now on newsstands. "It was a very tumultuous year. I felt like I came out of my disco ball like most people get shot out of a cannon. Forget about riding a horse again - I didn't know if I was going to be able to dance again."

Madonna suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand after falling off a horse on her 47th birthday on Aug. 16.

"When I shot the video (for "Hung Up") none of the bones had gone together. Pharmaceuticals and my will got me through the shoot. So to come out of that, I felt so much inspiration and so much joy just to have my body back and to feel strong again," she says.

Amnesty International honors members of U2 in Chile

Santiago, Chile - Members of U2 have been honored with Amnesty International's "Ambassador of Conscience" award for 2005.

The ceremony was attended by President-elect Michelle Bachelet.

"You are a reminder to all of us that the world is not changed only by politicians and governments," Bachelet told the musicians. "The world is changed by all of us."

The award was given to Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton and manager Paul McGuinness.

After the Sunday ceremony, Bono met with relatives of political dissidents who disappeared during the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Drew Lachey named winner of 'Dancing with the Stars'

New York - Drew Lachey leaped to victory on "Dancing with the Stars."

The former 98 Degrees pop singer out-hoofed pro wrestler Stacy Keibler, who many saw as the favored finalist, along with NFL great Jerry Rice, when ABC's ballroom hit wrapped its second season Sunday night, aired live from Los Angeles.

With his professional dancer-partner Cheryl Burke, Lachey wowed the audience with his number: a freestyle routine danced to "Hound Dog," whose big finish had him vaulting over his partner's shoulders.

The couple racked up a total score of 27 (out of a perfect 30) from the three-judge panel. Combined with their score from Thursday's pre-finale, this gave them a total of 87 out of 90.

But it was viewers - whose vote wielded half the weight - who clinched his win.

In somewhat of a bombshell midway through the two-hour finale, host Tom Bergeron had disclosed that viewer response eliminated the leggy, blond Keibler and her partner, Tony Dovolani, from the competition.

Then, in the program's final moments, Bergeron made the grand announcement: Lachey was the choice over Rice.

During the program, all seven of the previously rejected celebrities - ESPN sportscaster Kenny Mayne, actress Tatum O'Neal, news personality Giselle Fernandez, rap star Master P, actress Tia Carrere, tanned ladies' man George Hamilton and talk-show host Lisa Rinna - returned for a last dance with their partners.

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