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Ferguson trial adjourned

The trial of Britain's Duchess of York for allegedly taking part in the secret filming of two orphanages in Turkey has been adjourned so the plaintiffs can evaluate a proposed out-of-court settlement, Turkey's state-run news agency said.

Sarah Ferguson faces charges of going "against the law in acquiring footage and violating privacy" of five children at one of the orphanages, the Anadolu Agency said. If convicted, she could receive a maximum sentence of 22 1/2 years in prison.

The trial began Friday, and Ferguson did not attend the opening session, the agency said.

Ferguson, the former wife of Britain's Prince Andrew, allegedly made an undercover trip to Turkey in 2008 during which she secretly visited the two state-run orphanages along with two British TV journalists. An indictment filed against Ferguson in January said the two journalists are being separately investigated.

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'Outsiders' e-book coming

Almost 45 years after "The Outsiders" was first published, S.E. Hinton is ready to take her classic young adult novel to the next level: an e-book.

The 61-year-old Hinton appeared Monday at a luncheon in her honor hosted by her publisher, Penguin Group (USA). She says, "I just figured you need to keep up with the times."

The electronic edition is expected this spring.

Hinton has already been active online through her Twitter feed, (at)se4realhinton. The Tulsa, Okla., resident exchanges tweets with Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez and other stars of the film version of "The Outsiders."

She says she also keeps up with "The Outsiders" fan fiction, enough so that she's written some of her own, under a different name.

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Accord on child support

In the midst of a trial that brought tales of the high life and high fashion to family court, supermodel Linda Evangelista and a billionaire French businessman have reached an agreement to end their child support fight, their lawyers said Monday.

Evangelista, Francois-Henri Pinault and their attorneys were mum about the details, which they planned to give to a magistrate today.

"Everybody is very glad that it's over," Pinault lawyer David Aronson said.

The settlement came in the midst of a trial over how much, if anything, Pinault should pay toward the care of their 5-year-old son. Pinault is the CEO of a company that owns Gucci, Yves St. Laurent and other top-flight fashion lines; he's now married to actress Salma Hayek.

Both Pinault and Evangelista had testified at the trial, answering questions that delved into her career, his high-flying finances and his limited relationship with the boy.

In legal papers, she had said she was spending $46,000 a month on armed bodyguards, a 24-hour-a-day nanny and other expenses for the boy, Augustin. He was born in 2006 after a four-month relationship; Pinault said he and Evangelista spent only about seven days together in all.

-- From News and wire services