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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 09:49 GMT
Man detained at Britney's home
A man has been allowed to go without charge after guards at pop star Britney Spears' Hollywood Hills home thought he was trespassing.

Police were called by guards when they detained a man who appeared to be on the star's property.

But the guards declined to make a report and the unidentified man was allowed to go.

Los Angeles Police Department officer Jason Lee said: "No-one pressed charges. There's no crime."

Spears was in New York at the time, receiving a Fun Fearless Female Award from Cosmopolitan magazine.


Hockney's Prince sells well

A collection of drawings of the Prince of Wales by artist David Hockney has been sold for more than 52,000.

The seven works by the British artist were commissioned by Time magazine as possible covers to mark the investiture of the Prince in 1969, but they never made it into print.

A spokeswoman for Christie's in London, which handled the sale, said: "Each of the drawings represents a different idea. Some are figurative and some are more abstract."

The sketches of the prince were made with coloured pencils on paper and include a side portrait and a picture showing Charles wearing a suit, sitting in what appears to be a throne.


Cranberries record for Chernobyl victims

Pop group The Cranberries are to give the proceeds of their next single to the Chernobyl Children's Project charity.

Lead singer Dolores O'Riordan revealed the plan at a ceremony in Dublin on Thursday.

O'Riordan said she wrote the song, Time is Ticking Out, after seeing pictures of the children affected by the Chernobyl disaster soon after giving birth to her second child.


Goodman Broadway-bound

British actor Henry Goodman has been given one of Broadway's top jobs, on hit show The Producers.

The London stage actor will replace Nathan Lane, when he leaves the show along with co-star Matthew Broderick in March.

Goodman is a double winner of the esteemed Olivier Award, for Shylock in the Merchant of Venice at the Royal National Theatre in 2000 and as Charles Giteau in a 1993 London production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.

Steven Weber, who starred in the US TV series Wings, is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Broderick.


Dion back on song

Singer Celine Dion has launched her first new song in two years - A New Day Has Come - from her forthcoming album of the same name, to be released in March.

The Canadian star has sold more than 140 million albums to make her one of the world's most popular female singers of all time, but recently she has taken a break to raise a family.

She said: "The last two years have been among the best of my life, as my husband and I have started a family and enjoyed our time together."

From next year, Dion will perform five nights a week over three years in Las Vegas, in a deal worth a reported $100m (71m).


Street stars are honoured

Coronation Street's old-timers Hilda and Stan Ogden have been named the top romantic couple on British TV.

They beat off strong competition from glamorous Friends' couple Monica and Chandler and other oldies Dot and Jim in EastEnders.

The survey, carried out by NTL:Home, asked more than 5,000 people to name their favourite couple.

The pair - played by Jean Alexander and Bernard Youens - stayed together through mishap and financial difficulty to enjoy more than 40 years of marriage, before Youens' death in 1984.

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