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Sunday, 30 December, 2001, 19:20 GMT
Williams wins again
Robbie Williams ends 2001 dominating the music scene - with both his single and album staying at the top of the charts.

His duet with Nicole Kidman, Somethin' Stupid, is number one for the third week running, while his album Swing When You're Winning is also at the summit.

Pub crooner Gordon Haskell slipped to three with How Wonderful You Are while newcomer Daniel Bedingfield's Gotta Get Thru This rose back up the chart to three.

Kate Winslet made a return to the top ten, as her What If crept up two places from 11 to nine.


Farewell to Pop Idol's Aaron

Train driver Aaron Bayley has become the third contestant to be voted off ITV1's talent show Pop Idol.

Aaron 26, from Newcastle upon Tyne, looked disappointed when he was told by hosts Ant and Dec that he had attracted the least telephone votes.

All eight contestants performed a chosen Burt Bacharach song, and Aaron's performance of 24 Hours from Tulsa received praise from one of the judges.

Judge Neil Fox told him: "There was a great reaction from the audience. I don't think you'll be driving a train when Pop Idol is over, but this week you were close to hitting the buffers."


Rockers Anthrax offer health information

US heavy metal band Anthrax has set up a link on its official website to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to offer people health information.

The band found themselves unexpectedly thrust into the limelight when mail contaminated with anthrax spores began turning up in US sorting offices in the wake of the 11 September attacks.

Band members said then they hoped they would not have to change their name - though they conceded it had become "not so cool".

At a sold-out benefit concert in New York last month for the relatives of the police officers and firefighters who died in the World Trade Center attack, the five members of Anthrax wore shirts spelling out the words: "We're not changing our name."


Soap's Westbrook marries millionaire

Former EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook married millionaire Kevin Jenkins on Thursday.

Guests at the London hotel where the wedding took place included actors Barbara Windsor, Michael Greco, Dean Gaffney and former Big Breakfast star Denise Van Outen.

It is the second marriage for Westbrook, 28, who gave birth to a daughter, Jodie, in September.

She split from her first husband Ben after just 11 months.


Elvis Presley voted greatest pop idol

The British public regards the late Elvis Presley as the greatest of all pop stars, according to a poll commissioned by the sponsors of ITV1's Pop Idol show, Vizzavi.

Elvis beat more recent stars like Robbie Williams and Madonna in the poll of 2,000 adults across the UK, conducted by BMRB.

Perennial pop singer Cliff Richard came second to Elvis, with Robbie Williams third and The Beatles fourth.

Other names in the top ten included Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson and Elton John.


Potter books to be burnt

Harry Potter books are "an abomination to God," a church pastor in the US town of Alamogordo has said.

The pastor of the New Mexico town plans to have a "holy bonfire" of Potter books on Sunday at his Christ Community Church.

"These books encourage our youth to learn more about witches, warlocks, and sorcerers - Harry Potter books are going to destroy the lives of many young people," said pastor Jack Brock, 74.

This is not the first such criticism of the Harry Potter books - which have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide - but author JK Rowling has dismissed the complaints as "absurd".

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