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'Heroes' stars split up, but remain friends, according to sources

Heroes stars Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere have ended their relationship, People magazine reported yesterday on its Web site. "They lead different lifestyles. He's 31, she's 19. She still has growing up to do and he's very low-key," a source close to the couple tells People.

"The relationship never seemed like it had legs."

The couple, who spent part of 2007 trying to hide their relationship, is still on amicable terms, another source says. Reps for both actors would not comment.

Don Johnson sues

Don Johnson, who played a cop on Nash Bridges, claims the producers have acted like outlaws, denying him several hundred million dollars, reported.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Johnson claims the series earned more than $300 million in revenues and more than $150 million from syndication.

As co-owner of the copyright on the series, Johnson claims he's entitled to 50 percent of the profits, but he's received nothing. He's suing Rysher Entertainment and Qualia Capital. The series ran on CBS from 1996-2001 and co-starred Cheech Marin.

Underwater baddie

The Little Mermaid is getting a new villainess.

Faith Prince will join Disney's Broadway musical as Ursula the sea witch, the evil nemesis of the show's spirited young heroine, Ariel.

Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions, says Prince will begin performances on April 7. The musical is based on the hit 1989 Disney animated film and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The stage production features music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman from the movie and 10 new songs by Menken and Glenn Slater.

Saving the mountains

Ashley Judd is calling for an end to the mining practice known as mountaintop removal.

The Kentucky native was among some 500 people who gathered outside the Kentucky Capitol on Tuesday for a rally in support of legislation that would essentially end the practice of blasting away mountaintops to unearth coal.

Kathy Stein, a Democratic state senator from Lexington, is sponsoring legislation that would bar coal companies from filling valleys with the soil and rock from the mountaintops.

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Author Toni Morrison, 78.

Movie director Milos Forman, 77.

Singer Yoko Ono, 76.

Actor John Travolta, 55.

Game show host Vanna White, 52.

Rapper Dr. Dre, 44.

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