Lucky babies' royal gift
LONDON - British babies born the same day as Prince William and Kate's first child will receive their own royal gift in the form of a "lucky" silver penny. The Royal Mint announced Thursday it has minted 2,013 silver coins bearing a shield of the Royal Arms, to be given to newborns who share their birthday with the third in line to the British throne. Crossing the palm of a newborn baby with silver or offering a silver penny is traditionally seen as a wish for good fortune and health. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is due to give birth in mid-July.
50 Cent denies attack
LOS ANGELES - Rapper 50 Cent denies allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend and trashed her condo. The "In da Club" singer's lawyer says there's no warrant outstanding on the domestic violence and vandalism charges against 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines. The woman told police that during a June 23 argument, Jackson began destroying property at her Toluca Lake condo before she locked herself into a bedroom. She says Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing injury.
Washington weds athlete
LOS ANGELES - No "Scandal" here: Kerry Washington is a newlywed. The star of TV's "Scandal" married professional football player Nnamdi Asomugha last week in Hailey, Idaho. E! reported the nuptials Wednesday and posted a copy of the couple's marriage license online. Asomugha is a cornerback with the San Francisco 49ers. He previously played for the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. Besides starring in the ABC political thriller, Washington's other recent credits include the films "Peeples" and "Django Unchained."
Ex can't get Shakira cash
NEW YORK - A judge in Geneva has rejected an application from Shakira's ex-boyfriend seeking rights to one of her bank accounts. Antonio de La Rua claims he should have access to one of Shakira's accounts because it holds most of the assets from their business partnership. De La Rua was one of Shakira's business advisers.
Belgian prince honors king
BRUSSELS - Belgium's Prince Philippe has paid tribute to his father, King Albert, a day after the monarch announced he will abdicate later this month and pass the throne of this fractious nation to his son. Philippe, 53, will become the second crown prince to ascend a European throne this year, following in the footsteps of Willem-Alexander, who became king of the neighboring Netherlands on April 30 when his mother, Beatrix, abdicated.
Deen cuts ties with agent
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Paula Deen announced Thursday she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past. Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade. She has said he was instrumental in getting her show "Paula's Home Cooking" on the Food Network in 2002.
She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement.
Director charged in film site visit
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A celebrated Taiwanese film director could face criminal charges for letting an award-winning Chinese cinematographer use false papers to visit a Taiwanese naval base while scouting sights for a new feature film. Niu Chen-zer apologized for his "negligence" in not paying attention to regulations barring mainland Chinese from entering sensitive military establishments. Niu is set to begin shooting "Military Paradise" next month. It tells the story of Taiwanese soldiers stationed on Quemoy during a protracted 1958 Chinese bombing campaign against the isolated offshore island. The Defense Ministry said Thursday that Niu risked endangering military security by violating the "unauthorized entry" law and affirmed it will hand the case to prosecutors to consider charges.