Natasha Richardson dies after accident

A spokesman for the family of Natasha Richardson says the actress has died.


Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film Patty Hearst and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of Cabaret, died after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident. She was 45.

Richardson is the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and the wife of Liam Neeson. They have two sons.


Kanye West charged

Los Angeles city prosecutors have charged rapper Kanye West with misdemeanor battery, grand theft and vandalism over the destruction of a paparazzo's camera.

West was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in September. The celebrity gossip site TMZ shot video that showed West breaking the flash of a photographer's camera and his manager breaking the camera and accosting TMZ's videographer.

West faces 2 1/2 years in jail if convicted.

Lil Wayne lawsuit

Rapper Lil Wayne must turn over financial records for his album Tha Carter III to a folk singer who has accused him of copyright infringement, a judge ordered yesterday.

Karma-Ann Swanepoel claims in a federal lawsuit that Lil Wayne didn't have permission to sample her song "Once."

From Sun news services


today's birthdays

Jazz musician Ornette Coleman, 79.

Author Philip Roth, 76.

Singer Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters), 63.

Actress Glenn Close, 62.

Actor Bruce Willis, 54.