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Splitsville again for Aniston and Mayer

On-again, off-again couple John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston are apparently off for good.

"They had some disagreements and decided to not continue to see each other," a source told People magazine, which reported an end to the high-profile relationship - for the second time - on its Web site Thursday.

Another source told the magazine that Mayer cooled off the romance after Aniston returned from Europe, where she'd been promoting Marley & Me.

Reps for the duo declined to comment.

Anna Nicole saga

California Attorney General Jerry Brown says Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend Howard K. Stern was the principal enabler of a conspiracy to provide her thousands of prescription pills.

Stern and two doctors were charged with supplying prescribed pills to Smith before her fatal overdose in 2007.

Asked yesterday about possible motives, Brown said, "There's a certain psychic gain here, part of the glitz of the celebrity and the power." He added, "There's a lot of money floating around."

Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor surrendered and were released late Thursday. Their attorneys have not commented.

Dr. Khristine Eroshevich was expected to surrender Monday. Her attorney says she wrote prescriptions using fictitious names for Smith's privacy.

Lauer staying home

Where in the world is Matt Lauer? Staying home this year.

In a nod to the economy, the Today show is putting off its annual mystery trip, in which Lauer is sent to exotic spots such as the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids. Instead, NBC's morning show team will be spending a week in May exploring affordable vacation spots in the United States.

Today executive producer Jim Bell said he had solicited suggestions from viewers for this year's "Where in the World is Matt Lauer" trip. Instead, many told him that in bad economic times, the extravagant trip sent the wrong message.

Buzzworthy TV

The White House's chief spokesman said yesterday that he enjoyed watching The Daily Show host Jon Stewart give a lashing to CNBC's Jim Cramer over how he and the business network have covered the collapsing economy.

Cramer's Thursday appearance on Stewart's Comedy Central program garnered buzz that carried all the way to the White House briefing room.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said he had spoken with President Barack Obama on Thursday about watching the Stewart-Cramer showdown.

"I forgot to e-mail and remind him that it was on, so I don't know if he's seen it," Gibbs said when asked by a reporter yesterday. "I enjoyed it thoroughly."

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Actor Michael Caine, 76.

Composer-conductor Quincy Jones, 76.

Comedian Billy Crystal, 61.

Prince Albert II, the ruler of Monaco, 51.

Actress Penny Johnson Jerald, 48.

Actor Jamie Bell, 23.

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