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May 11, 2007

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Moore faces federal probe for documentary's Cuba trip

Los Angeles - Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health care documentary "Sicko."

The investigation provides another contentious lead-in for a provocative film by Moore, a fierce critic of President Bush. In the past, Moore's adversaries have fanned publicity that helped the filmmaker create a new brand of opinionated blockbuster documentary.

"Sicko" promises to take the health care industry to task the way Moore confronted America's passion for guns in "Bowling for Columbine" and skewered Bush over his handling of Sept. 11 in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

"Sicko" premieres May 19 at the Cannes Film Festival and debuts in U.S. theaters June 29.

Fight breaks out in audience at Boston Pops concert

Boston - Something else popped at the Boston Pops' opening night concert - a brawl broke out at Symphony Hall.

Before rocker Ben Folds appeared as a special guest Wednesday night, two men did some rockin' and rollin' in the balcony as the orchestra performed a medley from the movie "Gigi."

The fight started after one of the men tapped the other on the shoulder with a program to complain about noise, police said.

Television video of the fight showed the two struggling - one with his shirt partially pulled off - as several people stood around them.

Conductor Keith Lockhart briefly halted the performance while the men were escorted out. The concert resumed, and Folds performed later.

Boston police spokesman David Estrada said police officers on security detail at the hall escorted the men off the property, and no charges were filed. No injuries were reported, he said.

Strippers help Lohan prepare for next movie role

New York - Lindsay Lohan made David Letterman's heart beat faster when she told him she plays a stripper in her next film, "I Know Who Killed Me."

"You're just gonna kill me, you know I have a heart condition. You're just gonna kill me," the CBS' "Late Show" host said Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old actress said the audience will be seeing "a lot" of her in the "really dark, scary film."

Lohan also said she took lessons for the role.

"It's really difficult to get yourself up there," she said.

Tribunal rules Sting, wife wrongly fired their chef

London - An employment tribunal ruled Thursday that Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, discriminated against their chef by firing her after she became pregnant.

The couple, who face having to make a substantial compensation payment, said they were "devastated" by the ruling. The level of compensation will be decided at a June 8 hearing.

Jane Martin, 41, said she had worked for the 55-year-old pop star and Styler for eight years, cooking meals for them and guests including Madonna and Elton John. She said Styler grew unhappy after Martin became pregnant in 2005, making her work long hours and growing angry when she took time off work because of illness.

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