What to get the couple who has everything? How about a donation to a rhino sanctuary -- or an offer of help for earthquake victims in New Zealand.
Prince William and Kate Middleton on Wednesday requested charitable gifts in lieu of wedding presents, seeking to pre-empt the tide of extravagant -- and unusual -- offerings that typically flood in for a royal engagement.
The palace said the couple was "touched by the goodwill shown them" and selected 26 charities to benefit from a special charity gift fund.
Their decision to forgo toasters, gravy boats and candlesticks sets William and Middleton apart from other soon-to-be newlyweds and even the prince's parents, whose use of a wedding gift registry, replete with items such as a gourmet barbecue set and pair of Cockatoos, was slammed by the press as "a vulgar, middle-class custom."
"They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date," the palace said in a statement.
James Taylor says a broken leg won't keep him off the slopes.
An assistant for the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter says Taylor fractured his left fibula and injured his left shoulder in a fall Monday on an expert trail while on a family vacation in Park City, Utah.
The accomplished skier was treated at a hospital and had a doctor fashion a movable splint he hopes will fit in his boot and allow him to ski later in the week.
Taylor, who lives in Massachusetts, says given all the problems in the world, his mishap was "nothing."
Taylor was among 20 people honored by President Obama earlier this month in a salute to the arts and humanities.
He is scheduled to host and perform at a Carnegie Hall benefit next month.
Garrison Keillor is dropping more hints that retirement may be on the horizon.
The host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" told the AARP Bulletin he plans to retire in 2013. But the 68-year-old says he has to find his replacement first. Keillor says he's pushing forward but also is in denial about retirement.
In an e-mail to the Associated Press, Keillor says he'll be 70 in the spring of 2013 "and that seems like a nice round number."
Keillor suffered a minor stroke in 2009 but was back on the air three weeks later. He created the show in 1974. It's now broadcast on nearly 600 public radio stations and heard by more than 4 million people each week.