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Aiding AIDS research ...

American actresses Claire Danes and Jennifer Hudson have come to Brazil to promote the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

The foundation says on its website that Thursday night's fundraiser in Sao Paulo is the first benefit it has held in South America.

A foundation statement says that Brazilian designer Francisco Costa will be honored at the event for his work in raising HIV/AIDS awareness and advancing AIDS research. He is the women's creative director for the Calvin Klein Collection,

Danes is presenting Costa with an award and Hudson is giving a musical performance.


Painful trial awaits ...

Katherine Jackson isn't looking forward to the upcoming trial of the doctor charged in connection with her son's death. She says the pain of his loss nearly two years ago remains, and the potential punishment for the physician doesn't seem like it's nearly enough.

The matriarch of one of music's most famous families isn't planning any special preparations for the daily trek to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom where the trial begins May 9, but she says she'll rely on her faith to carry her through.

"I have mixed emotions," she told the Associated Press in an interview this week. "Sometimes I think why have a trial if ... the maximum sentence is only four years."

She has not spoken to Dr. Conrad Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, although she has seen him often from her seat at pretrial hearings in the case.

"I'll be there, but it just hurts me because my son is gone and for forever, and this man is trying to get away and get off," she said. "He needs to be punished."


A softer approach ...

Charlie Sheen's tour is taking a softer approach when it arrives in San Francisco later this week, with a donation planned for a Giants fan severely beaten during the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener.

Sheen's publicist announced Thursday that the actor will donate the profits made from merchandise sold at Saturday's show to benefit the fan, Bryan Stow.

Stow is a paramedic who had to be placed into a medically induced coma after being beaten on March 31 outside Dodgers Stadium.

Sheen, the "Major League" star, is an avid baseball fan and has drawn cheers for sporting the hometown ball club's jersey in cities on his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour.


Farewell spectacular ...

Tens of thousands of Oprah Winfrey fans will descend on Chicago in May for what Harpo Productions is calling "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular."

Harpo announced Thursday that the star-studded show would tape May 17 at the United Center, just blocks away from Winfrey's studios. The tapings will air on May 23 and 24, before Winfrey's final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on May 25.

Winfrey announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular talk show after 25 years. Her producers said the guest lineup would be a secret, but they promise "the biggest names in movies, music and television."

Tickets to the event are free. Fans must request tickets on Winfrey's website,, starting at 10 a.m. Central Time today. Ticket recipients will be randomly selected.

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