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HOFFMAN WINS SUIT AGAINST MAGAZINE OVER ALTERED IMAGE

Dustin Hoffman won a $1.5 million judgment against Los Angeles magazine for running a computer-altered image of him wearing a silk evening gown and heels.

U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian, who called Hoffman "one of our country's living treasures," ordered the magazine Friday to pay the actor for publishing the photo layout in its March 1997 issue without his permission.

A hearing Thursday will decide punitive damages.

During the four-day trial, Hoffman testified that he was turned into an unpaid fashion model.

The 61-year-old actor, who played an actor masquerading as a woman on a New York soap opera in the Oscar-winning 1982 film "Tootsie," filed a $5 million lawsuit against Fairchild Publications, owner and publisher of the magazine, and its parent, Disney-owned Capital Cities/ABC. He alleged violation of publicity rights.

Magazine attorney Steven Perry didn't immediately return telephone calls placed to his office.

Bakers donate land to conservation group

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Former Secretary of State James Baker, who has a sprawling home on the range, has made sure that some of that land will forever remain wide open space.

Baker and his wife, Susan, have donated an easement of 514 acres of their ranch to the Jackson Hole Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation group.

The deal will allow the Bakers to continue owning, operating and even selling that part of their 1,500-acre ranch, but under the easement the donated land may never be developed.

"My wife, Susan, and I are pleased to be able to protect in perpetuity this one-third portion of beautiful Silver Creek Ranch," said Baker, who was secretary of state from 1989 to 1992.

The ranch, at the western end of the Wind River Mountain Range, has historically been used for raising cattle and producing hay.

The land is a wildlife habitat and home to threatened birds of prey such as golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and prairie falcons.

< Princess Caroline marries German prince

MONACO -- After marrying a playboy and a businessman, Princess Caroline of Monaco married a prince, exchanging vows Saturday with Ernst August of Hanover.

The princess, a Catholic, chose her 42nd birthday for the civil ceremony with her longtime boyfriend, who is Protestant. Caroline's father, Prince Rainier, announced the marriage.

In accordance with a historical agreement between the British and German royal families, the prince was required to asked Queen Elizabeth II for permission to marry Caroline. It was the second marriage for the German prince.

The daughter of the late Princess Grace was divorced after an unhappy two-year marriage to French playboy Phillipe Junot -- a union in 1978 that had disappointed both her parents.

Her second marriage, in 1983 to Italian businessman Stefano Casiraghi, ended seven years later when he was killed in a boating accident. They had three children.

Paparazzi and a few tourists gathered in the courtyard of the Grimaldis, the royal family of Monaco, best known for the fairy-tale wedding of Princess Grace to Prince Rainier and Grace's death in a 1982 car crash on a curving mountain road near Monaco.

Prince Edward sets June wedding date

LONDON (Reuters) -- Britain's Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's last bachelor son, will marry his longtime girlfriend, Sophie Rhys-Jones, on June 19, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said.

The marriage will take place, as the couple requested, in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the queen's residence just west of London.

This is a far more private venue than St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London, where his eldest brother, Prince Charles, married the young Diana Spencer in July 1981.

The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, announced Edward's engagement Jan. 6 after he proposed to Miss Rhys-Jones, whom he had known for five years.

Edward, 34, seventh in line to the throne, is one of the most down-to-earth members of Britain's royal family, holding down a job in the film industry, where he likes to be known as plain Edward Windsor.

U2 song will use lyrics from Rushdie novel

LONDON (AP) -- Author Salman Rushdie has contributed lyrics to a new song by the Irish rock band U2, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Rushdie, who has lived in hiding for nearly a decade since being condemned to death by Iran's supreme leader for his 1989 book "The Satanic Verses," gave U2 lead singer Bono the lyrics taken from his new novel, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," the newspaper said.

The romantic ballad, also to be called "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," will be on U2's next album, the report said.

"Bono and I have been friends for several years, and I sent him the novel when I'd finished it, and he responded by coming up with this beautiful melody," the newspaper quoted Rushdie as saying. "Simple as that, but of course very pleasurable."

The newspaper said U2 hopes to release the single to coincide with the April 13 release of Rushdie's novel. The lyrics for the song are included in the novel, which tells the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against a rock 'n' roll background, it said.

Rushdie was condemned to death in 1989 after the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founding spiritual leader of the Islamic republic, ruled "The Satanic Verses" was blasphemous to Islam.

In October, the Iranian government said it was distancing itself from the edict, but hard-liners insist there's still a price on the author's head.

Letterman sidekick welcomes new baby

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Letterman's musical sidekick, Paul Shaffer, has added one more note to his repertoire -- a son.

Shaffer's wife, Cathy, gave birth Thursday to an 8-pound, 8-ounce boy, said a family spokesman. The couple named the baby William Wood Lee Shaffer.

Shaffer, the musical director of "The Late Show With David Letterman," also has a daughter, 5-year-old Victoria Lily.

Birthdays

TODAY: Actor Ernest Borgnine is 82. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 58. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 39.

MONDAY: Journalist-author Edwin Newman is 80. Movie director Tobe Hooper ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") is 56. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 33.

TUESDAY: Actor Paul Newman is 74. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 70. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 64.

WEDNESDAY: Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov is 51. Country singer Cheryl White is 44. Actress Bridget Fonda is 35.

THURSDAY: Author Susan Sontag is 66. Actor Alan Alda is 63. Singer Sarah McLachlan is 31.

FRIDAY: Comedian "Professor" Irwin Corey is 87. Actor John Forsythe is 81. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is 45.

SATURDAY: Comedian Dick Martin is 77. Actor Gene Hackman is 69. Country singer Norma Jean is 61.

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