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July 1, 2006

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Hasselhoff fine after surgery to repair tendon in right arm

London - David Hasselhoff had surgery after severing a tendon in his right arm in an accident in a London gym bathroom, his spokeswoman said.

The 53-year-old actor, who played lifeguard Mitch Buchannon on the TV beach drama "Baywatch" for 11 years, was shaving at a gym in the Sanderson Hotel on Thursday when he hit his head on a chandelier, showering his arm with broken glass, his publicist, Judy Katz, said Friday.

Doctors operated to repair the injury and Hasselhoff spent one night at St. Thomas' Hospital in central London, Katz said.

"He's fine," Katz said by phone from New York. "He's out of the hospital and will resume filming tomorrow."

Cage donates $2M to help former child soldiers

Los Angeles - Nicolas Cage has donated $2 million to help former child soldiers worldwide.

The donation by the Oscar-winning actor will help provide shelters and medical and psychological rehabilitation services, said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

Cox accepted the donation Wednesday at a United Nations Conference in New York. Amnesty International will administer the funds.

"I understand that this pledge is not a solution for the problem," Cage, 42, said when he announced the contribution.

"It's my hopeful wish that today's discussions on this tragic subject at the United Nations conference may bring us closer to eradicating the nightmare of child soldiers."

Cage said he has worked with Amnesty International for more than two years.

'Law & Order' actress gives birth to baby boy, August

Los Angeles - Mariska Hargitay, star of TV's "Law & Order: SVU," and her husband, Peter Hermann, welcomed their first child Wednesday, her publicist told The Associated Press.

Hargitay delivered a baby boy named August by Caesarean section in Los Angeles, publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick said Thursday in an e-mail.

"Mariska and the baby are doing great," she said.

People magazine and Us Weekly reported the baby was a week overdue but Zelnick would not confirm or deny that.

Hargitay, 42, and Hermann, an actor, married in August 2004.

Schneider treated for food poisoning, heat exhaustion

Stockton, Calif. - Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Rob Schneider was taken to a Northern California hospital after collapsing from food poisoning and heat exhaustion during the filming of an upcoming movie.

Schneider, 42, was filming the comedy "Big Stan" at a women's prison near Stockton, about 80 miles east of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley where temperatures have soared above 100 in recent days.

"The combination of bad food and the heat just hit him," said his publicist, Shara Koplowitz. She did not know what he ate but said he was treated at San Joaquin General Hospital and released Wednesday.

"He's back on the set directing today," she said Thursday.

Firefighters were called out to the set for several cases of heat exhaustion since the movie shoot began earlier this month, said firefighter Michael Olizas with the Montezuma Fire District.

Hanks inducted into U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame

Fort Benning, Ga. - Tom Hanks has been inducted into the U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame as an honorary member, the first actor to receive such an honor.

Hanks, 49, was unable to attend Thursday's ceremony. He was cited for his role in "Saving Private Ryan" and his commitment to honoring those who served in World War II.

The actor played a World War II Army Ranger company commander in the 1998 film, directed by Steven Spielberg. He also was honored for being among the writers, producers and directors of the 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers."

Hanks was cited for serving as the national spokesman for the World War II Memorial Campaign and for being honorary chairman of the D-Day Museum Capital Campaign.

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