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Rapper signs off . . .

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West was shuffled out the back door of a new urban boutique in Fresno, Calif., after a fight cut short the entertainer's autograph-signing session, police said.

Owners of the FTK store abruptly canceled the grand-opening event and locked the doors after the fight broke out Saturday between a patron and a security guard. The brawl erupted about 40 minutes after West began signing autographs.

Authorities spent nearly a half-hour clearing about 1,000 fans from the store's parking lot as a police helicopter hovered above.

"Once security couldn't control it, we had to shut it down," store employee Aron Hekimian said.

Live only on BBC . . .

The BBC has admitted being "very embarrassed" after requesting an interview with Bob Marley -- 24 years after the singer died.

The BBC asked to speak to the reggae star, who died of cancer at age 36, for a documentary on his hit song "No Woman No Cry," reports

In an e-mail sent to the Bob Marley Foundation, the BBC said the interview would involve the Jamaican reggae legend "spending one or two days with us."

The BBC said it had apologized to the Marley Foundation, which had been "extremely good humored" about the blunder.

Brooking depression . . .

Brooke Shields has confessed she was so depressed after giving birth to her baby daughter, Rowan in 2003 that she contemplated suicide.

The actress reveals her battle with the blues in her new book, "Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression."

And Shields, 39, says her depression was so debilitating, she considered ending her life, according to

"I didn't feel joy at all. I was in a bizarre state of mind," she writes. "This was sadness of a shockingly different magnitude. It felt as if it would never go away."

But despite the depression and her many efforts to conceive children in the past, Shields says, "I really want to have more children."

A dream home purchase . . .

The Cleveland home where the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed has been purchased on eBay by a California man for $150,000.

Brian Jones could not resist when his wife told him eBay was offering the home where the film family lived in the 1940s and the main character, a boy named Ralphie, daydreamed of shooting bad guys with a BB gun he hoped to get for Christmas.

The starting bid for the four-bedroom house was $99,999.

Jones, 29, of San Diego, plans to restore the home's exterior to the deep yellow with green-trimmed windows it had in the movie and revamp the interior to resemble its movie appearance.

He also wants to create a museum in the home and open a gift store selling items linked to the movie, including Ovaltine, Little Orphan Annie decoder rings and "leg lamps" like the one Ralphie's father proudly displayed in the front window of his family's house.

"A Christmas Story," is based on the writing of Jean Shepherd, who died in 1999.

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