Cleared for takeoff "Not bad for a...

Cleared for takeoff "Not bad for a girl from Michigan, huh?" Those are the words with which Madonna left her homecoming party in Auburn Hills, Mich. Some 18,000 fans attended her concert Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, near her hometown of Rochester Hills.

Madonna dedicated her performance of "Why It's So Hard" to her Michigan dance teacher, Christopher Flynn, and other people with AIDS.


Reno eyes Series, roots for Phillies

U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno never got to watch television when she was a child, but she is making up for lost time with the World Series.


As the series prepared to resume tonight in Toronto, Ms. Reno said she is watching the fall classic on the TV that came with her rental apartment in Washington.

She said her heart is in Philadelphia for the underdog Phillies, who trail the Blue Jays 3 games to 2.

Fergie scales peak as charity patron

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, returned to Katmandu, Nepal, yesterday after scaling a Himalayan mountain.

The British royal known as "Fergie," estranged wife of Prince Andrew, embarked Wednesday to reach the summit of 19,159-foot Mount Pokhalde with Paul Sillito, a mentally disabled man. Both were helped to the top by a professional mountaineer.

The expedition was sponsored by MacIntyre Care, which helps disabled people live independently.

Mother Teresa on China mission

Mother Teresa arrived in Shanghai, China, yesterday, saying she had come to help the poor in the world's most populous nation.


The Nobel laureate stays in China's biggest city until tomorrow, when she heads to Beijing at the invitation of Deng Pufang, son of China's paramount leader.

Letterman foots bill for 1991 car wreck

David Letterman isn't taking the blame for a car crash that injured an 8-year-old boy, but he is picking up the cost.

The host of CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle claims from the September 1991 crash, his spokesman said yesterday.

Mr. Letterman's car and a vehicle driven by the boy's father collided after both men drove into a St. Petersburg, Fla., intersection with a broken traffic signal.

Justin Musser, now 10, suffered a broken jaw and was cut from his mouth to his ear.



Former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson is 68. Soccer great Pele is 53. Author Michael Crichton is 51. Parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is 34.