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May 16, 2006

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Mother's Day theft

Los Angeles - Paris Hilton's mother can only imagine what her celebrity daughter got her for Mother's Day. That's because thieves stole the gifts before Kathy Hilton received them.

A gift bag containing nearly $10,000 worth of Christian Dior shoes, sunglasses, handbags and perfume was taken from outside the Hilton home, spokesman Elliot Mintz said Monday.

The younger Hilton "spent three or four hours shopping to put together this wonderful collection of things for her mom," Mintz said.

A delivery person set the package down outside the home's gate to ring the intercom when a passenger in a passing car snatched the gifts. "A fellow just whizzed by and grabbed the package," Mintz said.

The Hilton family celebrated Mother's Day by going out to dinner, he said.

New U.N. ambassador

United Nations - Naomi Watts joined ranks with Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman when she was named a special representative of the United Nations on Monday.

The Oscar-nominated actress will focus on the U.N.'s program for HIV/AIDS. She just returned from a trip to Zambia, where she saw hospitals, homes and schools where lives have been destroyed by AIDS.

"Given these stark realities, I can no longer stand on the sidelines," Watts said at a news conference. "I want to use this position as a way to spread the word, to tell people what I saw."

Still the hottest

New York - Eva Longoria tops Maxim's seventh annual "Hot 100" list of the most successful women in film, TV, music, sports and fashion for the second year in a row.

The "Desperate Housewives" actress told The Associated Press that her repeat selection for the No. 1 spot was a shock.

"I was actually really shocked last year when I made the list," said Longoria, 31, who ranked No. 91 on the 2004 list.

"So 91 to No. 1 was a big jump, and then to get it a second time in a row - I just couldn't believe it," she said.

Maxim said it is the first time the magazine has bestowed the No. 1 honor back-to-back. Editors made the selections for the issue, which will be on newsstands Thursday.

Jessica Alba is No. 2, followed by Lindsay Lohan, Angelina Jolie, Stacy Keibler ("Dancing With the Stars"), Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Kate Bosworth, Keira Knightley and singer-actress Christina Milian.

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