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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 July, 2004, 09:50 GMT 10:50 UK
Kaplinsky wins TV dancing contest
BBC news presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and her dancing partner Brendan Cole have won BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing contest.

They beat EastEnders star Christopher Parker and his partner Hanna Karttunen in the final of the series shown live on Saturday night.

More than 2.5 million votes were cast by viewers as judges described the winning pair as "true ballroom stars".

The show, hosted by Bruce Forsyth, had featured eight dancing couples.

Ja Rule guilty of driving charges

Rapper Ja Rule has been arrested for driving while his licence is suspended and being in possession of marijuana.

Ja Rule, 28, was stopped by police on Friday after changing lanes without signalling, said a police spokesman.

The star, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended licence but the possession charge was dropped.

Ja Rule paid $550 (300) in fines and court fees at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York.

Apple to give away 50 free iPods

Apple plan to give away 50 iPods when song sales from its iTunes Music Store reach 100 million, say reports.

The free iPods will go to the buyer of each 100,000th song downloaded between 95 million and 100 million songs.

"We want to thank our customers who have made the iTunes music store such a stunning success," said Apple boss Steve Jobs.

Apple claim there will have been 95 million downloads worldwide by 2 July. ITunes launched in Europe last month.

Exclusive Mobos deal for the BBC

The BBC has signed an exclusive three-year deal with the Music of Black Origin Awards.

The prestigious awards ceremony will be screened on BBC One and also covered on Radio 1 and digital station 1Xtra.

"BBC One is the perfect platform to reach the widest and most diverse audience with this fantastic event," said BBC One head Lorraine Heggessy.

The nominations for this year's Mobos take place in August and the ceremony is at the Albert Hall on 30 September.

Bale to star in epic Malick film

Christian Bale, star of forthcoming sequel Batman Begins, has signed up to appear in Terrence Malick's fourth feature film, The New World.

The historic American epic tells the story of explorer John Smith and the clashes between Native Americans and the British in the 17th century.

Bale, 30, will play English tobacco planter John Rolfe in the film, which is due out next year.

David Thewlis, Colin Farrell and Christopher Plummer will also star.

Chili Peppers' album tops survey

The Red Hot Chili Peppers album Californication has been voted the best album of the last 10 years in a poll.

Oasis' (What's The Story) Morning Glory came second in the online survey by men's magazine FHM.

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP was third, with U2 album All That You Can't Leave Behind placed fourth.

Californication was released five years ago and has gone on to sell more than 15 million copies for the US rock band who emerged in 1983.


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