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April 12, 2008


Vanilla Ice released from jail after arrest

Wellington, Fla. - Vanilla Ice was released from jail Friday following his arrest on a charge of simple battery for allegedly pushing his wife.

The 39-year-old rap performer was arrested Thursday night at the couple's Wellington home in South Florida. Police said his wife called 911, saying he had kicked and hit her during an argument over buying a bedroom set. She later told deputies he had only pushed her.

Police said Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, denied pushing her.

He was freed Friday after appearing in court.

It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney. His agent, Tommy Quon, said he hadn't heard about the arrest and couldn't comment.

Vanilla Ice spent a night in jail in 2001 after being arrested following a domestic dispute.

He sold 15 million copies of the single "Ice Ice Baby" in 1990.

Heather Mills explains court outburst

London - Heather Mills says she snapped when she poured a jug of water over the head of ex-husband Paul McCartney's lawyer during their bitter divorce battle.

Mills was awarded a $48.6 million settlement from McCartney last month. They had been married for four years.

She told Britain's GMTV on Friday that she became angry when his lawyer, Fiona Shackleton, argued that full details of the case, including some related to the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Beatrice, should be disclosed.

"Mrs. Shackleton said something under her breath so I cleansed and baptized her," Mills said. "I thought she looked fantastic - I thought it did her the world of good."

Mills, 40, had sought almost $250 million.

She spoke from Las Vegas, where she was judging the Miss USA pageant.

Asked about recent pictures in tabloid newspapers of McCartney, 65, and New Jersey trucking heiress Nancy Shevell, 47, Mills said she wished any new girlfriend luck.

"Well, I think he's got three different girlfriends so I wish all the girls the best of luck," she said.

Elisabeth Rohm gives birth to baby girl

New York - Elisabeth Rohm of "Law & Order" fame is a mom for the first time.

The 34-year-old actress and her fiance, entrepreneur Ron Wooster, welcomed a baby girl named Easton August Anthony in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, Rohm's publicist Tina Malhotra told The Associated Press on Friday.

Malhotra said the name came to Rohm in a dream, and that Anthony is Wooster's "other surname."

Rohm and Wooster, 40, plan to marry this October in Palm Springs, Calif.

Rohm portrayed assistant district attorney Serena Southerlyn on "Law & Order" from 2001-2005.

Beastie Boy makes basketball documentary

New York - Some of college basketball's brightest stars, including Kansas State's Michael Beasley and UCLA's Kevin Love, are featured in Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's new documentary, "Gunnin' for That No. 1 Spot."

And while it's less than two years since he followed the then-high school players for a week, he still can't get over how much they've changed.

"They already look different, and I think it will be really interesting to look at this doc five or 10 years from now and see these guys when they were high school students. There's a good chance that several of them may be superstars in the NBA," Yauch told The Associated Press in an interview this week. "They were like babies in this picture."

Yauch took his camera to Harlem's famed Rucker Park, made famous by streetballers, in September 2006 to document some of the nation's top high school talent, who were playing in an event there.

Talk show host Rhodes quits Air America radio

New York - Randi Rhodes has quit the Air America radio network, a week after it suspended her for using a derogatory word for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during an event in San Francisco.

Air America Media released a statement Thursday saying the talk show host informed the company Wednesday night that she was severing ties with the liberal network.

"We wish her well and thank her for past services to Air America," said the statement issued by Air America Media chairman Charlie Kireker and its president, Mark Green. They didn't announce who might replace her.

The network suspended Rhodes indefinitely for what it said was "abusive, obscene language" during an off-air event sponsored by affiliate KKGN-AM in San Francisco on March 22.

Alicia Keys: Singer, conspiracy theorist

New York - There's another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine: "'Gangsta rap' was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. 'Gangsta rap' didn't exist."

Keys, 27, said she's read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck "to symbolize strength, power and killing 'em dead," according to an interview in the magazine's May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

Another of her theories: That the bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled "by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing."

Keys' AK-47 jewelry came as a surprise to her mother, who is quoted as telling Blender: "She wears what? That doesn't sound like Alicia." Keys' publicist, Theola Borden, said Keys was on vacation and unavailable for comment.


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