Police probe injury after Spears hearing
Los Angeles - Officers are investigating how a sheriff's deputy was injured as Britney Spears was leaving a downtown courthouse last week, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Friday.
"We are aware that Britney Spears was leaving the courthouse," said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. "We are also aware that a deputy was injured, but we're unable to confirm the details on the deputy's injury because the investigation is in its initial stage."
The celebrity Web site TMZ.com reported authorities are investigating whether Spears ran over the deputy's foot with her car as she was leaving an Oct. 26 hearing on her efforts to obtain joint custody of her two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Officer Ana Aguirre would only say that a deputy suffered "minor to moderate" injuries in an accident involving a vehicle.
"It's unknown if (Spears) was the driver," Aguirre said.
Anna Nicole Smith's ex files for inheritance
Los Angeles - An ex-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith who is serving a six-year sentence for making criminal threats against her wants a piece of her inheritance, according to documents filed with Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mark Hatten, who lists his current address as the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, dated Smith in 2000 but was later found guilty of threatening her with a knife and assaulting one of her neighbors. He was acquitted of stalking her.
He filed his claim Wednesday in Superior Court. Repeated calls Friday to his representatives were not returned.
Hatten's Web site says he is writing a memoir titled "Hollywood Bad Boy: Sex, Drugs, and Anna Nicole."
Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. He died in 1995.
The reality TV star and former Playboy Playmate of the Year had fought Marshall's family over his estimated $500 million fortune from his death until her own death earlier this year. Smith, 39, died Feb. 8 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Singer Hank Thompson cancels tour, retires
Dallas - Country music singer Hank Thompson has canceled the rest of his tour and retired from singing, two days after his release from a hospital, his spokesman said Friday.
Thompson, 82, was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. He is recovering near his suburban Fort Worth home, said Tracy Pitcox, Thompson's spokesman and owner of Heart of Texas Records.
"We are hoping for the best," Pitcox said.
Thompson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. He had 29 hits reach the top 10 on country music charts between 1948 and 1974. His album "The Wild Side of Life" reached No. 1. Some of his most famous songs include "Humpty Dumpty Heart" and "A Six Pack to Go."
Connery settles suit against golf club
Los Angeles - His name is Connery. Sean Connery. And it's a name no longer associated with the Sherwood Country Club.
The movies' original James Bond settled his lawsuit against the club for an undisclosed sum, according to papers filed in Superior Court on Tuesday.
The settlement put an end to a hearing scheduled for next week at which Connery and his golfing buddies Craig T. Nelson and Joe Pesci were expected to testify.
"Courts usually like settlements, but when we called to tell them about this settlement, they said Connery is one person they would have liked to have seen," said the actor's attorney, Daniel S. Miller.
Connery sued in May 2006, charging the club with failing to pay him the equity his membership earned in promoting related real estate deals.