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February 23, 2008

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Spears to be allowed to visit with young sons

Los Angeles - Kevin Federline has agreed to give ex-wife Britney Spears visitation rights with their two young sons, his attorney said Friday.

Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said in a statement the former couple has agreed to a modification of a court order that had stripped Spears of her visitation rights. The statement did not provide more details.

A court commissioner gave Federline sole physical and legal custody of their two little boys and suspended the pop star's visitation rights on Jan. 4.

Spears has not been allowed to see sons Jayden James, 1, and Sean Preston, 2, since an incident at her home that led to the first of her two hospitalizations in a psychiatric facility this year.

Spears and her estate were placed under a temporary conservatorship after she was taken to UCLA Medical Center on Jan. 31. Conservatorships are granted for people deemed unable to care for themselves or their affairs.

Lopez gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl

New York - Jennifer Lopez gave birth to twins early Friday, making the singer and husband Marc Anthony the parents of a boy and a girl after one of pop music's most closely watched pregnancies.

"She's thrilled," Lopez's manager, Simon Fields, told The Associated Press. He said the babies were born "just after midnight this morning."

Fields confirmed that the girl arrived first, weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces. "Her boy is 6 pounds even and arrived about 15 minutes later" at a Long Island hospital, he said. The location was not identified.

Ending months of speculation, Lopez confirmed her pregnancy at a Miami concert in November. Her father, David Lopez, told Telefutura's "Escandalo TV" earlier this month that the 39-year-old singer was expecting twins.

Lopez and Anthony, 38, married in 2004. The twins are her first children, and his fourth and fifth.

This week, the couple sold the rights for exclusive photos of the babies to People and OK! magazines.

Media group apologizes to Smith for Hitler story

London - Attorneys for Will Smith say a British media group has apologized for a story that falsely claimed the U.S. actor said Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was a good person.

Celebrity news and photo service World Entertainment News Ltd., or WENN, published an article in December about a Smith interview that appeared in a Scottish newspaper.

Smith's attorney, Rachel Atkins, said, "The defendant published an article about the claimant entitled 'Smith: Hitler was a Good Person.' The article alleged that the claimant had declared in an interview that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was a good person."

"It wholly misrepresents the claimant's actual words, given in an interview to the Daily Record, a Scottish newspaper and Web site," Atkins said.

WENN apologized for the piece, but Smith's attorneys say that was not enough. WENN has now made a formal apology at London's high court, and agreed to pay unspecified damages.

WENN'S attorney, John Melville-Smith, says the company accepts that the report was wrong and is apologizing.

Barbados honors R&B star Rihanna

Bridgetown, Barbados - Barbados has named Rihanna as an honorary cultural ambassador for her native Caribbean island.

Prime Minister David Thompson made the announcement at a rally Thursday night in the capital, Bridgetown, to honor the 20-year-old singer, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Thompson said the government also was recognizing Rihanna's contributions by giving her a "piece of the rock" - a plot of real estate in the exclusive Apes Hill area of St. James parish.

Other honorary ambassadors for Barbados include Obadele Thompson, an island-born sprinter who won the bronze medal in the 100 meters at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Rihanna burst onto the music scene in 2005 with her debut album "Music of the Sun." Her megahit "Umbrella," released in May, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for seven weeks.

Accompanied by R&B singer Chris Brown, she arrived on the island Thursday afternoon from London, where she attended the Brit Awards ceremony.

Myanmar magazine attacks 'fat' Rambo

Yangon, Myanmar - Sylvester Stallone's Rambo character looks like a fat lunatic in his new movie, a Myanmar magazine said this week, bucking local public opinion that has glorified him for his exploits fighting the ruling junta's unpopular soldiers.

The new "Rambo" film shows the weary hero on a mission to rescue a group of Christian missionaries taken captive by brutal government troops in the jungles of Myanmar.

Stallone's fictional exploits have made him a folk hero among the government's real-life foes here, who circulate bootleg DVDs of the film, even though state censors have ordered video shops not to carry the movie because it denigrates the army's image.

"We need many Rambos in Myanmar," said a 75-year-old retired civil servant after watching it. Like other viewers, he asked not to be named for fear of trouble from authorities.

The movie's catch phrase, "Either live for something, die for nothing - it's your choice," is especially poignant after nonviolent demonstrations for democracy were violently quashed by the army in September.

But an article in The Voice, a Myanmar-language magazine, decried Rambo's bloodletting and said he "looks funny fighting a war even though he's so fat with sagging breasts."

"Stallone's unsmiling and serious-looking style makes him look like a lunatic," it added.

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