NEW YORK (AP) -- First Janet Jackson learned to forgive her ex-husband, Rene Elizondo Jr., after their 1999 divorce. Now, she's forgiving her father, Joseph.
"I am really starting to get to know my father, now. For the first time -- I really feel -- in my life. Strange, right?" she tells Diane Sawyer on ABC's "PrimeTime Thursday," which airs at 9 p.m. CDT.
The singer says her father, whom members of the musical Jackson family have said was strict during their childhood, has changed.
Jackson's new album, "All For You," hit stores on Tuesday.
Opry star loses his legs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Diabetes forced doctors to amputate the legs of Grand Ole Opry star Johnny Russell below the knee.
Russell, 61, had the surgery on April 17 at Baptist Hospital, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said on Wednesday.
"He's doing as well as could be expected," she said.
Russell, whose song "Act Naturally" was recorded by Buck Owens and the Beatles, has been hospitalized for about a year with diabetes, heart and kidney problems. He is on dialysis.
Garth Brooks and other stars performed at a Nashville benefit concert last month to raise money for Russell's hospital bills.
Downey destined for treatment center
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robert Downey Jr. could spend six months in a drug treatment center following his latest run-in with the law, but he is unlikely to go to prison, a state corrections spokesman said.
The actor's parole agent has six days to file a recommendation with his supervisor on whether Downey should return to prison as a parole violator.
That was "unlikely," Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections in Sacramento, said Wednesday.
Downey's arrest about midnight Tuesday abruptly ended his Golden Globe-winning role on the Fox show "Ally McBeal" but Heimerich said his celebrity status would not affect the case.
No surgery for Milton Berle
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Milton Berle has a small cancerous tumor in his colon but doctors have decided against surgery.
"He's actually doing very well. He's doing fine," Berle's wife, Lorna, said Wednesday. "It's a small tumor in his colon. He isn't scheduled for any surgery, but that could always change. He is in no pain."
Berle, who turns 93 on July 12, vows to win his cancer battle and is looking forward to living to at least 100, she said.
The comedian and TV pioneer known to generations as Mr. Television uses a wheelchair because his legs have weakened, his wife said, adding, "he gets a kick out of sailing into restaurants in it."
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