First lady's wish for a great life
Michelle Obama would come back as Bo. Not just any dog, but Bo the dog.
In a television interview, the first lady was asked what person or thing she would want to come back as when she dies. She named her family's Portuguese water dog.
"He's got a great life," she told ABC News' Barbara Walters.
President Obama took a pass on the question, one in a series the first couple faced for an upcoming holiday TV special.
Asked when he tells lies, the president said only in personal interactions with family members, such as when commenting on how someone looks in a particular dress.
As for his biggest pet peeve about his wife, the president said he had none. She said of him: "My list is too long."
Idol star in a brawl
Finnish police say they detained Adam Lambert after he assaulted people who tried to break up a fight between the former "American Idol" star and his boyfriend in downtown Helsinki.
Detective Superintendent Petri Juvonen said the fight spread from a popular gay bar early Thursday into the street where Lambert was suspected of hitting two people who tried to break it up.
Juvonen said that Lambert's boyfriend, "Finnish Big Brother" star Sauli Koskinen, also was held for questioning. He said no weapons were used, no one was seriously hurt and that it was not "a very serious incident."
No hizzoner for Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin, who made headlines this month for getting kicked off a flight after tussling with a flight attendant, is in the news again -- this time for announcing that he no longer aspires to become the next mayor of New York City.
Baldwin delivered the news Wednesday to (shattered?) city residents via his weekly radio show on WNYC, "Here's the Thing," during an interview with director Stephen Daldry. "I've lost my appetite," Baldwin responded after Daldry said he thought the actor should run for mayor. Daldry is the director of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," a film about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Baldwin, never one to mince words, went on to trash the likely candidates for the 2013 race to fill outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's seat, saying: "I don't see myself in that crowd."
"They're all just so horny for it. Horny for their own ascension. Whereas for me, I've got a job now. I've got a good job," said the "30 Rock" star, going on to deflect a second prod from Daldry on the topic. He didn't mention his airplane incident -- which provoked a storm of negative publicity for the actor -- as a reason for not wanting to subject himself to the scrutiny of a political campaign.
There was no immediate response from the declared or likely candidates.
-- From News and wire services