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February 3, 2007


Farrah Fawcett turns 60, learns she's cancer-free

Los Angeles - Farrah Fawcett got an unbeatable gift for her 60th birthday: a clean bill of health.

The actress, who revealed in October that she was fighting cancer, learned this week that she is cancer-free, spokesman Mike Pingel said Friday.

Dr. Gary Gitnick, Fawcett's lead physician at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the actress "has had a full and complete response to treatment."

"Her prognosis is excellent," he said.

The former "Charlie's Angel" star said she was "deeply grateful" to her doctors and her family and friends "who have sustained me as I battled this terrible disease."

J.K. Rowling marks end of writing last 'Potter' book

London - J.K. Rowling marked the spot where she finished the final "Harry Potter" book.

"J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' in this room on 11 Jan 2007," read the message on an antique-style statue at Edinburgh's five-star Balmoral Hotel.

The writer announced on Thursday that the seventh and final installment in the series, which tells the story of Harry during his final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, will be published July 21.

"I can confirm she did write some of the book at the Balmoral last month and did complete the book at that hotel," said the author's spokeswoman, Nicky Stonehill.

The hotel said it does not encourage guests to write on hotel property, but Rowling is a special case.

"Obviously this is quite a unique case," hotel spokeswoman Jessica Trotter said. "We're honored and flattered she chose the Balmoral as surroundings to do her writing."

'Grey's Anatomy' star Dempsey a father to twins

Los Angeles - The wife of "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey has given birth to twin boys.

Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick Dempsey were born Thursday in Los Angeles, the actor's representative told People magazine.

Patrick and Jillian Dempsey also have a 5-year-old daughter, Talula.

Dempsey, 41, plays Dr. Derek Shepherd, known as "Dr. McDreamy" to his female colleagues on the hit ABC show.

Woman, two others sue TV bounty hunter

Honolulu - A woman has sued Duane "Dog" Chapman, alleging that a member of the TV bounty hunter's team threw her down a flight of stairs and broke her back while her boyfriend was being apprehended.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Audrey Emery and seeks unspecified damages. Two other plaintiffs, including the boyfriend, seek damages from the bounty-hunting team in the same lawsuit.

Emery accuses an associate of Duane Chapman of injuring her at her Pearl City apartment on Jan. 26, 2005, in the course of arresting Stuart Calistro and filming for the A&E; reality series "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

"They're filming this TV segment and she is upset because you have these thugs breaking into her apartment and she doesn't want them in there, so they decide the convenient thing is to throw her down the stairs," Emery's attorney, Richard Turbin, said Thursday.

Duane Chapman and his wife, Beth, released a statement saying their family has become a "target of frivolous lawsuits and publicity seeking attorneys."

"We pride ourselves in making sure that everything we do is within the bounds of the law and we are confident that we did so in this case," he said. "The videotape in the television show itself demonstrates that the charges against us are baseless."

MTV's 'Don Vito' Margera charged with groping 3 girls

Golden, Colo. - Reality television's Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, uncle of "Viva La Bam" MTV show star Bam Margera, was ordered Thursday to stand trial on felony charges that he groped three girls at a public appearance.

During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors presented evidence - including statements from the girls and photos from their camera phones - that Margera, 50, fondled the two 12-year-old girls and the 14-year-old girl, the district attorney's office said in a statement.

The three girls had gone to the mall skate park to get Margera's autograph and have their picture taken with him, prosecutor Zach Phillips said.

Margera was charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child and, if convicted, could face anywhere from probation to six years in prison. He may enter a plea when he is arraigned March 5.

Margera appeared in court and remains free on $50,000 bail.


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