LONDON (AP) -- ''Jaws'' author Peter Benchley joined a conservation group in calling for an end to industrial practices that kill more than 100 million sharks and shark-like fish annually worldwide.
''I don't think that we have the right to extinguish any species,'' said Benchley, whose best-selling 1974 book was about a man-eating shark.
According to the San Francisco-based organization WildAid, 90 percent of some species have been killed by crews seeking only fins and fishing techniques in which sharks are caught on multiple hooks dangling from 50-mile lines.
In comparison, the group said an average of 12 people are killed by sharks annually.
''Sharks are more often the victims than the villains,'' WildAid director Peter Knights said.
Benchley and Knights will take their campaign to Asia, where there is demand for shark fin soup, considered a delicacy. The tour coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Steven Spielberg film based on Benchley's book.
Tony Blair's son arrested
LONDON (AP) -- The hangover must have been bad enough. But for 16-year-old Euan, the son of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, being arrested for drunken behavior in a London nightspot added the headache of instant notoriety.
''Don't know about you, Euan, but I could use a drink,'' ran the jokey caption beneath a file picture of father and son plastered across the front page of the mass-circulation Sun tabloid on Friday.
Other tabloids, too, devoted Page 1 and ensuing chunks of space to the news that the eldest of the prime minister's four children was found drunk and vomiting in Leicester Square on Wednesday night. Serious papers and TV stations also ran the story prominently.
But there was some sympathy for the youngster who had been out celebrating the end of school exams and misjudged his capacity for alcohol -- and who already has apologized via his father's office for causing offense.
Blair was visibly upset when he took part in a question-and-answer session Thursday evening on the British Broadcasting Corp.
''I think if anyone breaks the law, they should suffer the penalty of the law, whether they are my son or anyone else's son,'' he told questioners from the studio audience.
To warm applause, the prime minister conceded, ''It's not been the greatest day, let's put it like that, but my son is basically a good kid and we will get through this.''
Blair said he believed his son, who has not been charged, originally gave police a false name, an old address and a false birth date because he wanted to spare his parents embarrassment.
Bobby Brown released from jail
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Singer Bobby Brown was released from jail early Friday after getting 10 days' credit for good behavior.
Brown, 33, had been sentenced to 75 days behind bars after repeatedly violating his parole on a 1996 drunk driving conviction. He attended a drug rehabilitation program while in jail.
Brown was picked up outside the North Broward Detention Center by his wife, pop star Whitney Houston, in a long, white limo. She jumped into his arms while comedian Chris Rock led a group of supporters in a mock vigil for a bit on his HBO show.
''It's beautiful out here,'' Brown yelled as he embraced Rock.
'Gladiator' star taking on new role
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- ''Gladiator'' star Russell Crowe, who won acclaim for ''L.A. Confidential'' and an Oscar nomination for ''The Insider,'' is set to start filming a movie directed by Jodie Foster in central Florida in September.
Crowe, 36, will co-star with Claire Danes in ''Flora Plum,'' set in a circus during the Depression. Crowe will play a circus freak who takes a starving young woman, played by Danes, under his wing. The movie is budgeted for less than $30 million.
Danes was the star of TV's ''My So Called Life'' and such films as ''The Rainmaker'' and ''Romeo + Juliet.'' She worked previously with Foster on ''Home for the Holidays,'' Foster's second effort as a director.
Tabloid reports have linked Crowe and actress Meg Ryan since her recent split from husband Dennis Quaid.
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