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Hell hath no fury

Randy Travis is being sued by his ex-wife and former manager.

Travis said in a statement that the lawsuit filed last week by Elizabeth Travis won't stand up in court.

"It is unfortunate that it's come to this," Travis said. "We believe the lawsuit lacks merit and that we have legal defenses to her claims."

The country music star doesn't address his ex-wife's claim that last August he hired an armed guard and several men to strip her office of records and memorabilia related to his career.

The lawsuit claims Randy Travis' employees took computers with working files, business records and even the record plaques from the walls from Elizabeth Travis' three-story Music Row office.

She says her ex-husband also made it impossible for her to do her job and terminated their management agreement without written warning. She's asking for damages, attorney fees, litigation costs and whatever other damages the court feels appropriate.

The Travises divorced in 2010 after 19 years of marriage.


DWI plea for Miss USA

Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, pleaded no contest Wednesday in a Michigan drunken driving case.

The former beauty queen offered the plea to driving while visibly impaired.

"You learn, you pay your price for making mistakes and you move on. I'm very happy I can put this behind me," Fakih, a former Miss Michigan who was crowned Miss USA in 2010, said outside the court in Highland Park, an enclave of Detroit.

Her lawyer, W. Otis Culpepper, predicted that Fakih would be sentenced to probation, which he said she could serve in California, where she is pursuing opportunities in the entertainment industry.


A 'real' Springfield?

The Springfield that exists in the mind of Matt Groening is a kind of American everything -- hick pit stop, rosy-cheeked Rockwellian font of family values, cesspool of corruption, ethnic melting pot, boomtown gone to rust.

It's what the creator of "The Simpsons," the nation's longest-running sitcom, used as a backdrop for 22-minute allegories about the American experience, beginning as earnest tales about a lower-middle class nuclear family and expanding to encompass spoofs of presidential elections, the obesity epidemic and "Citizen Kane."

It's also, according to an interview posted online Tuesday, a real place. "Springfield was named after Springfield, Ore.," Groening told Smithsonian magazine.

The inspiration, Groening explained, came when he was a child watching the TV show "Father Knows Best," set in a town called Springfield.

"When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name," Groening said. "I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S.

"In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, 'This will be cool; everyone will think it's their Springfield,' " he said. "And they do."

-- From News and wire services