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US actor OL Duke killed in crash
American actor OL Duke, who appeared alongside Denzel Washington in films such as Out of Time and Malcolm X, has died in a car crash. He was 51.

Duke was returning home after performing in an off-Broadway play in New York when the accident occurred.

He made his acting breakthrough when he replaced Denzel Washington in the stage production of A Soldier's Play.

His TV credits included parts in NYPD BLue, Law & Order and Homicide: Life on The Street during the 1990s.


P Diddy contests child pay demand

Rapper P Diddy is challenging a court decision ordering him to increase child support payments to the mother of his first child.

He was ordered to increase payments to Misa Hylton-Brim, the mother of their son Justin, 10, from $5,000 (2,800) to $35,000 (19,600) per month.

P Diddy, real name Sean Combs, said he is appealing against the Westchester County magistrates court ruling.

"It's ridiculous to think any of my kids would want for anything," he said.


Ray Charles' last album is US hit

Ray Charles' final studio album has entered this week's US chart at number two, three months after the veteran singer died aged 73.

Genius Loves Company, featuring collaborations with Elton John, Norah Jones and Willie Nelson, sold 202,000 copies in its first week on sale.

Charles, who died after a battle with liver disease, completed the album earlier this year.

Country star Tim McGraw currently has the top-selling album in the US.


Boxer Khan for BBC's Superstars

Olympic boxing sensation Amir Khan will appear in the new series of BBC sports show Superstars, which is being filmed in Spain this month.

The 17-year-old, who won a silver medal at the Athens games last month, is the youngest contestant ever to feature in the programme.

Gold medal-winning athlete Denise Lewis will also appear in the show alongside cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy.

Football veterans Bryan Robson and John Barnes will also feature.


Depardieu admits liver transplant

French actor Gerard Depardieu has said in a new book that he has undergone a liver transplant.

"I wonder about it. I tell myself that in fact I might be an alcoholic," he says in the book, Alive!, a series of conversations with a French journalist.

He does not say when he had the transplant, but adds he has been undergoing therapy for 28 years.

"As I get older, I am realising all the things that I have messed up in my life," he adds.





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