Colbert's senate bid
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's governor appears to have closed the door on appointing Stephen Colbert to the U.S. Senate, all because the comedian didn't know the state drink was milk.
During "The Colbert Report" on Thursday, Colbert urged his fans to send Gov. Nikki Haley messages on Twitter with the hashtag "SenatorColbert" telling her why he would make a great senator from his home state. Haley is appointing a senator after Jim DeMint announced he is resigning at the end of the year.
Thousands of messages poured into the governor's official Twitter account. She responded on her favorite social media site, Facebook, writing on her page that she appreciated Colbert's interest and all the tweets.
"But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake," Haley wrote, adding a link to a video of her April appearance on Colbert's show where the host did not know milk was the official state beverage.
Nurse in Kate prank dies
LONDON - A nurse who fell victim to a prank telephone call seeking information about the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy has died, a hospital said Friday.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead early Friday at apartments affiliated with King Edward VII hospital in central London, where she worked for four years.
The death is being treated as unexplained, but police did not find anything suspicious. It will be up to a coroner to decide how she died. Saldanha took the hoax call by a pair of radio hosts, who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to elicit information on the duchess, the hospital said. Saldanha later transferred the call to the nurse caring for the duchess, who was admitted to the hospital Monday with acute morning sickness.
Stones added to Sandy benefit
NEW YORK - The Rolling Stones will join the artists already booked for next week's televised Superstorm Sandy benefit show in New York City, which producers said Friday would be the most widely available live concert ever.
The Stones join a trio of 1960s British rock royalty on the bill, including Paul McCartney and the Who. Among the other artists scheduled to appear are Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Eric Clapton, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel, Roger Waters and Chris Martin. A total of 34 U.S. television networks have agreed to show the "12-12-12" concert, which begins 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports that the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago.
A spokesman says Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.
News reports cite two instances of the 34-year-old "Gangnam Style" rapper participating in concerts protesting the U.S. military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the war in Iraq. In a 2004 concert, PSY performed a song about killing "Yankees" who have been torturing Iraqi captives and their families.
Notorious B.I.G. autopsy
LOS ANGELES - Fifteen years after rapper Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in one of L.A.'s most notorious unsolved homicides, the Los Angeles County Coroner has unsealed his 23-page autopsy report, providing the most detailed view yet on his death.
The report shows that a bullet entered the rapper's right hip, and fatally pierced several organs.
Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher George Latore Wallace, died in March 1997 when an unknown assailant shot him four times during a drive-by shooting on Wilshire Boulevard as the music star sat in the front passenger seat of a Chevrolet Suburban. The killing of the rapper, also known as Biggie Smalls, remains unsolved despite an LAPD task force that examined the death.
At the time of his death, he weighed 395 pounds, according to the report. A tattoo on an inside forearm said: "The Lord is My Light and My Salvation … "
Nettles welcomes son
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has a new member of the family.
A statement issued Friday says Nettles gave birth to son Magnus Hamilton Miller on Thursday. It's the first child for the 38-year-old singer and husband Justin Miller.
Nettles says in the statement the couple is thankful for all the prayers and support they've received "and are excited to take some time together as a new family." Nettles and Miller celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary last month.
No other details were immediately available.
Katt Williams arrest warrant
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Authorities have issued a felony arrest warrant for comedian Katt Williams related to a police chase in California.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said the warrant issued Thursday is for reckless driving.
The California Highway Patrol says Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle on Nov. 25 after being spotted driving on a sidewalk near a downtown Sacramento hotel.