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Houston sale fetches $80,187

A bustier worn on stage by Whitney Houston fetched $18,750 at an auction in Beverly Hills of memorabilia from the late pop star's career.

Julien's Auctions says the sale of 13 items Saturday brought in a total of $80,187 from bidders in the gallery, on the phone and online.

A gray velvet gown the singer wore to music mogul Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in 1996 went for $11,250.

Pearl drop earrings worn by Houston in "The Bodyguard" sold for $2,812, while a vest she sported in the film commanded $3,437.

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Remembering Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs was remembered Sunday as an influential, helpful and humble banjo player who put his own trademark on bluegrass music.

Some 2,300 mourners attended Scruggs' public funeral at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., where he played his songs for years on "The Grand Ole Opry" country music show and recorded his final album. The Academy of Country Music planned a tribute Sunday night at its annual awards show in Las Vegas.

The pioneering banjo player and his pickin' partner, Lester Flatt, a guitarist, teamed for 20 years to become the most famous duo in bluegrass history. Scruggs, a four-time Grammy winner, died Wednesday at age 88.

Flatt and Scruggs were best known for their song "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" from "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV series. For many viewers, the hummable theme song was their first introduction to country music. Flatt died in 1979.

Charlie Daniels, better known for his fiddle and guitar playing, told the mourners that when he was a young studio musician, Scruggs invited him to join the Earl Scruggs Revue.

"No one will ever play the banjo like Earl," Daniels said.

Performers during the service included Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Jon Randall Stewart, John McEuen, Jim Mills, Marty Stuart and Patty Loveless.

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On whom the slime spills

At the 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards, the slime runneth over.

Host Will Smith opened the 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards promising a record amount of the show's trademark green gunk. Though some 20 awards are presented at the KCAs, the real suspense isn't who will take home a "Blimp" (the show's Oscar), it's when and on whom the slime will spill.

"No one is safe from the slime!" screamed Smith. "You have to earn the slime! It's an honor."

Halle Berry was the first to be covered, but she was far from alone. She was joined by "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner (who won favorite "buttkicker"), "Glee" star Chris Colfer and male singer winner Justin Bieber, who was utterly drenched along with Smith at the end of the show.

The KCAs are Nickelodeon's annual celebration for kids, and it's often the most-watched children's program of the year.

First lady Michelle Obama presented "the big help" award for charity work to Taylor Swift. Upon receiving the award, the pop star said, "I am freaking out."

-- From News and wire services