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Thousands of people turned out to bid farewell to reality TV star Jade Goody on Saturday, a fittingly public end for a woman whose life and death were pored over by the celebrity-obsessed media. The one-time dental assistant, who died last month of cervical cancer aged 27, found fame and fortune as a contestant on the popular reality television show Big Brother.

Rapper Coolio has pleaded not guilty to drug possession and battery charges.

The 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, entered his plea during an arraignment on Friday.

He was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport, and later charged with felony cocaine possession and battery and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Coolio allegedly grabbed a screener’s arm to prevent a search of his luggage.

The Gangsta’s Paradise rapper remains free on bail and has been ordered to return to court on April 20.

An online chain of posts involving Demi Moore apparently prompted police to go to the aid of a California woman who was having suicidal thoughts.

San Jose Sergeant Ronnie Lopez says the department received a phone call early Friday morning from a person in Dallas who was tipped off to a supposed suicide attempt through the social networking site Twitter.

Moore, a popular celebrity Twitterer, was involved in a discussion on the site that began when a user sent the actress what appeared to be suicidal notes.

Lopez says officers made immediate contact with a 48-year-old female resident of San Jose, California, and transferred her to a local hospital for “psychiatric evaluation.’’ He says there were no injuries.

Indian police have registered a case accusing Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and his wife of obscenity after she unbuttoned his jeans during a fashion show.

Mumbai police said they acted after a complaint was lodged against Kumar and Twinkle Khanna by a social campaigner who called the performance “vulgar and indecent.”

Kumar, a brand ambassador for a popular brand of jeans, was strutting down the catwalk last week when he stopped in front of his wife, who was seated in the audience, and asked her to undo his trousers.

“We have registered a case against Akshay, Twinkle and the organizers of Lakme Fashion Week,” an unnamed police officer told the Press Trust of India news agency late Saturday.

India’s obscenity laws are punishable by a maximum of two years’ imprisonment and a fine of US$39.

The actor has apologized for the incident.

Celebrities have previously landed in hot water over behavior deemed to be offensive in culturally conservative India.

In 2007 a court issued arrest warrants for actress Shilpa Shetty and Hollywood star Richard Gere after he hugged and kissed her at an AIDS awareness event, but the case was eventually thrown out.

Expectations of a second wedding between supermodel Gisele Bundchen and US football star Tom Brady has sent Costa Rica into a tizzy, with paparazzi scrambling to this exclusive resort where the knot will be tied.

The Brazilian bombshell Bundchen, 28, and Brady, 31, have already married on Feb. 26 in Santa Monica, California in a church near the beach, People magazine has reported with no confirmation so far from the couple.

While no independent confirmation of the wedding was forthcoming in Costa Rica, a friend of Bundchen’s family said her parents and five sisters had arrived at Santa Teresa and booked into the Flor Blanca hotel.

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