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Joel closes book...

The Piano Man is deciding to stay silent: Billy Joel is canceling his planned memoir.

"The Book of Joel" was scheduled for publication in June. The HarperCollins book was billed as an "emotional ride" that would detail the music legend's failed marriages, including his union with Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse.

Earlier this month, HarperCollins revealed the cover photograph for the book, and Joel's editor promised it would contain details "he has never revealed before."

But in a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday, Joel said he had changed his mind.

"It took working on writing a book to make me realize that I'm not all that interested in talking about the past and that the best expression of my life and its ups and downs has been and remains my music," he said.

HarperCollins confirmed Thursday that the deal had been canceled.

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'Judge Judy' is well...

TV's "Judge Judy" is out of a Los Angeles hospital after an overnight stay and says "all is well" with her.

In a statement Thursday, 68-year-old Judy Sheindlin said she was on her way home and expressed appreciation for the "loving messages" she had received.

Sheindlin was taken by ambulance from her show taping Wednesday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for an undisclosed condition.

She planned to return to work on "Judge Judy" as scheduled April 12.

Sheindlin, who presides over small-claims cases on her syndicated show, offered a few words of advice: "See you in court. Be on time."

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No ring for William...

Prince William is giving up his bachelor status to take a bride, but a palace official said Thursday that he will not be wearing a wedding ring.

His fiancee, Kate Middleton, plans to wear a wedding ring made of rare Welsh gold, a long-standing royal family tradition dating back nearly 90 years, after the couple weds April 29 in Westminster Abbey.

A spokeswoman for Prince William who spoke on condition of anonymity because of palace policy said these decisions represent the royal couple's personal wishes.

She said details about the design of Middleton's wedding ring, and the source of the actual Welsh gold used to fashion it, will be released before the wedding.

Welsh gold, prized for its quality and scarcity, had been used in royal weddings since 1923 and has been worn by Queen Elizabeth II, and the late Princess Diana.

Traditionally gold from a nugget from the Clogau Gold mine was used, but the mine has been closed, and only a sliver remains.

However, the British Royal Legion gave the queen a small quantity of Welsh gold in the 1980s for incorporation into wedding rings, and it is possible this may be used, as it was for the 2005 wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla.

Charles wears his ring under his larger signet ring, so many casual observers believe he does not wear a wedding band.

There is still no word about the design of Middleton's wedding dress or about the menus and wine selection for the two receptions that will follow the ceremony.

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