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Silken-voiced crooner Lou Rawls, whose career covered almost every form of black music from gospel and blues to R&B, soul and jazz, died on Friday aged 72 after a battle with lung cancer, his spokesman said. The pioneering crossover artist with a silky voice and a four-octave range was known for such signature hits as You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Lady Love and Love is a Hurtin' Thing. His 1960s "talking the song" style on some recordings was called pre-rap by critics.

Michael Jackson is in talks with a Bahrain company over possible entertainment projects in the Gulf, press reports said yesterday.

Projects being discussed with AAJ Holdings involve investments such as theme parks and musical academies, the English-language Gulf Daily News said. Jackson could offer advice to AAJ to bolster the region's music and entertainment sector, the paper said.

"Stagnant" properties could be revived through entertainment projects, AAJ Holdings owner and founder Ahmed Abubaker Janahi was quoted as telling the newspaper.

Jackson, 47, had been living in Bahrain since June after a California court acquitted him in his child molestation trial on June 13.

Jackson, who arrived with his two sons, has rarely been seen in public, but he was recently spotted before Christmas in a cinema attending the King Kong movie.

Award winning British rapper Ms Dynamite has been charged with assaulting a female police officer after a fracas outside a London nightclub. "A 25-year-old was charged with assaulting a female police officer and with disorderly conduct on Jan. 6," a Metropolitan police spokeswoman said on Saturday.

Hong Kong movie actor Tony Leung Ka-fai (梁家輝) has been handed a suspended jail term for drink-driving, a judiciary spokesman said Friday.

A magistrates court sentenced the 47-year-old star of The Lover and Jackie Chan's (成龍) latest action flick The Myth, to two months in prison, suspended for three years.

Leung was arrested in October last year, his second arrest for a drink-driving offence, after his car rammed into a mini-bus, leaving its driver with back injuries.

A breathalyzer test showed Leung's blood-alcohol level was two and a half times the legal limit.

The actor, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was also fined US$1,280 and had his license suspended for three years, the judiciary spokesman added.

Leung was first arrested for drink-driving after a three-vehicle crash in November 2002 and pleaded guilty to the crime as well as assaulting a bus driver.

Teen actress Lindsay Lohan, who was hospitalized in Miami this week suffering from asthma, said dabbling in drugs and battling bulimia pushed her close to emotional and physical collapse. "I knew I had a problem and I couldn't admit it," Lohan, the star of movies such as Mean Girls and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, told Vanity Fair magazine.

American pop singer Pink and her fiance, motocross racer Carey Hart, were married Saturday in a beachside ceremony in Costa Rica, People magazine reported.

More than 100 guests, including Lisa-Marie Presley, attended the sunset wedding of the 26-year-old singer and Hart, 30. They met in 2001 and got engaged last year.

Pink and her newlywed husband plan to take their four dogs along on their honeymoon and go snowboarding, People said.

Pink released her debut album, Can't Take Me Home, in 2000.

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