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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 July, 2004, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
US quiz contestant tops $1m mark
A contestant on US quiz show Jeopardy! has won more than $1m, making him the most successful contestant in the show's 20 years on air.

Software engineer Ken Jennings, 30, from Salt Lake City, won his 30th straight contest on the programme.

Contestants have to provide questions for answers provided by the host, and Mr Jennings has provided more than 1,000 questions in the past month.

His total earnings currently stand at $1,004,960 (540,908).


Woody Allen's cameraman dies at 79

Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma, who worked on cult film Blow-Up as well as numerous Woody Allen films, has died in Rome aged 79.

He made his name on Michelangelo Antonioni's 1964 film Red Desert, before recreating the vivid colours of Sixties London in Blow-Up.

Di Palma started working with Allen in 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters, and made 10 more films with the US director.

The duo's last collaboration was 1997's Deconstructing Harry.


Star Chan carries Olympic torch

Martial arts film star Jackie Chan will be one of three Chinese people to carry the Olympic torch on one of its final stages in Greece this summer.

He will carry the torch for 400m through the Greek city of Salonika on its way to Athens.

Sun Wen, former captain of the women's soccer team, and actor Pu Chunxi will also carry the torch.

Chan, who has become a star thanks to his acrobatic film roles, features in Around the World in 80 Days.


Rolling Stone leads tribute show

Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards has led tributes to his old friend Gram Parsons at two tribute concerts in the US on the weekend.

He played at Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons in Santa Barbara on Friday, and another show on Saturday at the Universal Amphitheatre.

Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Dwight Yoakam also took part in the tributes.

Parsons, a former member of the Byrds, died in 1973 of a drug overdose.



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