ATLANTA (AP) -- Less than a month after marking their eighth wedding anniversary, Ted Turner and Jane Fonda have announced their separation.
The media magnate and the two-time Academy Award-winning actress issued a joint statement Tuesday.
''While we continue to be committed to the long-term success of our marriage, we find ourselves at a juncture where we must each take some personal time for ourselves,'' they said. ''Therefore, we have mutually decided to spend some time apart.''
The marriage is the third for both Miss Fonda, 62, and Turner, 61. He has five children from previous marriages, while she has two. The couple live in an apartment atop CNN Center but have other residences.
Turner spokeswoman Caroline Harkleroad said more details on the separation may follow.
''This has happened so quickly that there is a lot we still don't know,'' she said.
Grateful McCartney donates to hospitals
NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul McCartney has donated $1 million each to two hospitals that cared for his wife when she was dying from breast cancer.
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Ariz., will receive the donations. Linda McCartney died at the family's Arizona estate in 1998.
''Linda's doctors were all great and managed to alleviate suffering which she might otherwise have had,'' the former Beatle said in a statement Tuesday. ''I want to help them continue that work for the benefit of others and to enable them to study the possibilities of alternative treatments.''
In keeping with the McCartneys' belief in animal welfare, none of the money will be used to fund animal research. The gifts will fund new research on the effectiveness of botanical medicines and holistic therapies.
Stephen King criticizes prosecutors
PARIS, Maine (AP) -- Stephen King is criticizing prosecutors for allowing the motorist who hit him to plead guilty to a lesser charge in connection with the accident.
Bryan Smith's vehicle struck King on June 19 while the best-selling horror author was walking along the road near his vacation home in Lowell. Smith pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving to endanger, and a more serious charge of aggravated assault was dropped.
Smith's license had been suspended for six months after the incident, and that will be extended to a year. He also was given a suspended six-month jail sentence.
King, 52, underwent five operations to set the broken bones in his right leg and hip. He also suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a skull laceration.
He called the plea agreement ''irresponsible public business.'' He said he did not believe a license suspension would keep Smith off the road.
''What he took from me, my time, my peace of mind and my ease of body, are simply gone and no court can bring them back,'' King said.
Smith, who has a history of driving offenses, did not address the court. He has said he was distracted by his dog when his van veered off a road and hit King.
Rodman settles three lawsuits
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dennis Rodman has settled three lawsuits filed against him, including two by women who accused him of sexual assault.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented all three plaintiffs, said Tuesday that the lawsuits had been resolved. She declined to give details or say if any of the settlements involved money.
Attempts to reach Rodman's lawyer in the cases, Michael Harrison, were unsuccessful.
One plaintiff, cocktail waitress Susan Patterson, claimed Rodman pushed a $100 bill down her blouse and grabbed one of her breasts last year.
Bridgette Chaker's lawsuit claimed she was invited to a party in a hotel last year, but when she arrived only Rodman was there and he sexually assaulted her.
The third lawsuit was brought by Jason Sandeman of Santa Monica, who claimed he was assaulted by Rodman at a restaurant in Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 1999.
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