CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey settled her court fight with two photographers on Wednesday, agreeing to share the rights to pictures that appeared in a fitness book she wrote.
Details of the settlement were kept secret under court order, and Winfrey didn't comment afterward.
Paul Natkin and Stephen Green had sued the talk show host after 11 pictures they took appeared in her 1996 best seller "Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life."
Natkin and Green said that the photos were publicity shots for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and that Winfrey wasn't authorized to use the pictures in a book without paying more money. Winfrey contended that the money she paid for the shots entitled her to use them as she saw fit.
Hogan sues WCW official
ATLANTA (AP) -- Hulk Hogan has filed a defamation suit against the World Championship Wrestling, accusing the WCW's creative director of berating him on national television after a ring appearance.
According to the lawsuit, Hogan won the July 9 bout in Daytona Beach, Fla., by default when his opponent refused to wrestle, but the WCW's Vince Russo followed Hogan from the ring, accused him of "playing politics" and implied he is dishonest.
Some have speculated that the lawsuit might be a publicity stunt, as part of a continuing story line in which the WCW has sought to eliminate older wrestlers such as Hogan as it tries to revive flagging ratings. Hogan has not appeared on WCW programs since the lawsuit was filed Aug. 1.
"This is a real lawsuit," said Hogan's attorney, John Taylor Jr. What Russo said "was defamatory and a breach of contract."
Carradine's suit tossed
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has thrown out actor David Carradine's libel suit against People magazine.
Carradine and wife Marina Anderson filed a libel and breach of contract lawsuit on April 26, 1999, against the magazine's parent company, Time Warner Inc., claiming People wrote an unfavorable and defamatory story despite a "gentleman's agreement" to write a "nice" article.
Suits over Shakur settled
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Competing lawsuits by the family of slain rap star Tupac Shakur and the family of another man shot to death two years later have ended with a settlement for an undisclosed amount.
Shakur died in Las Vegas after shots were fired into a car he was riding in on Sept. 13, 1996. At the time, he was facing an assault lawsuit brought by Orlando Anderson. Following Shakur's death his family countersued Anderson for wrongful death, alleging he was involved in the Las Vegas shooting.
Anderson was shot to death May 29, 1998. His estate claimed that only hours before Anderson was killed his attorney was told he would receive a $78,000 settlement from Shakur's estate.
When no money was paid, a breach of contract suit was filed on behalf of Anderson's family.
Yamaguchi takes up battle
OAKLAND, Calif (AP) -- Kristi Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation are taking up the battle against breast cancer.
The 1992 Olympic figure skating champion has invited other skaters and entertainers for "A Golden Moment," a show on Oct. 21 at The Arena in Oakland, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other organizations that conduct research into battling and curing breast cancer.
Skaters scheduled to appear are Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Kurt Browning, plus country music artist of the year Martina McBride and entertainers Peabo Bryson, Gary Morris and Bobby Caldwell and his Big Band.
Actor Richard Roundtree and 1968 Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming, both cancer survivors, will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies.
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