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March 19, 2007

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'Law & Order' actor backing bipartisan political movement

Washington - Sam Waterston is putting his star power to work in backing a movement aimed at promoting the political center rather than the left or right.

The star of "Law & Order" told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" he has joined Unity '08, a group that would like to elect a bipartisan ticket to the White House.

"There's a huge majority of the American people who are ready for this, who are not represented in the current system. And this is an opportunity for those people to speak up," the actor said.

"I think by its existence it will have a beneficial effect on anybody who's running for president, because they will be obliged to look over their other shoulder at the center, and not simply address the partisan factions that have so much sway in primaries," Waterston said.

Report: Prince Charles' wife to become grandmother

London - Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is to become a grandmother later this year, a British newspaper reported Sunday.

Sara Buys, who is married to Camilla's son Tom Parker Bowles, is expecting the couple's first child in September, the Mail on Sunday said.

"We have told our friends and family, and they are delighted," Parker Bowles, 32, was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "Mummy is absolutely over the moon at the prospect of becoming a grandmother."

"It's the best news ever, and we are thrilled," Buys, 34, was quoted as saying.

Parker Bowles is Charles' godson. He became the Prince of Wales' stepson after Camilla and Charles married in 2005. Buys and Parker Bowles married later that year.

A first for 'Jeopardy!': What is a three-way tie, Alex?

New York - All those years of answers and questions, and it's never happened before on "Jeopardy!"

What is a three-way tie, Alex?

The three contestants on the venerable game show all finished with $16,000 after each answering the final question correctly in the category, "Women of the 1930s," on Friday's show. They identified Bonnie Parker, of the famed Bonnie and Clyde crime duo, as a woman who, as a waitress, once served one of the men who shot her.

"We've had a lot of crazy things happen on 'Jeopardy!' but in 23 years I've never seen anything like this before," host Alex Trebek said.

The show contacted a mathematician who calculated the odds of such a three-way tie happening - one in 25 million.

The three contestants, Jamey Kirby, of Gainesville, Fla.; Anders Martinson, of Union City, Calif.; and Scott Weiss, of Walkersville, Md; were all declared champions and taped a rematch that will air today.

Ex-governor says people must learn early about sexuality

Santa Fe - Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, who resigned after revealing that he was gay, says culture is outpacing politics in the acceptance of homosexuality.

McGreevey, who was in Santa Fe over the weekend to speak at a fundraiser for the Human Rights Alliance, called his decision to come out "one of the most painful but honest decisions of my life."

Even though the revelation of being gay can hurt family and friends, McGreevey said Friday that people must learn at an early age to be open about their sexuality.

"Hopefully, this generation will be the last generation of American youth that has to choose between their heart and their career, between love and acceptance," he said.

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