Hogan settles tax debt
"Crocodile Dundee" star Paul Hogan has resolved his seven-year battle with Australian tax authorities over alleged unpaid taxes dating back to his first international hit movie in the 1980s.
Hogan and his friend and producer John Cornell said through their lawyer, Andrew Robinson, on Monday that the two had reached a settlement with tax authorities to resolve more than $156 million in alleged unpaid taxes and penalties.
Tax officials barred the Australian actor from returning to his Los Angeles home for two weeks over the matter in 2010 when he returned to Sydney for his mother's funeral. Hogan's lawyers eventually secured a deal that allowed him to leave Australia.
The 72-year-old comedic actor became an international star with the 1986 movie "Crocodile Dundee."
Vee has Alzheimer's
Former 1960s teen pop idol Bobby Vee says he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
The 69-year-old, born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D., says on his website that he was diagnosed last year.
Vee was catapulted to stardom after the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson in a 1959 plane crash en route to Moorhead, Minn. Vee and his friends filled in for the trio at the Moorhead performance and soon after that he recorded his first single, "Suzie Baby," for Soma Records in Minneapolis.
Simpson delivers -- finally
The Jessica Simpson baby watch is finally over.
Simpson gave birth to a daughter named Maxwell Drew Johnson in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said publicist Lauren Auslander.
Maxwell weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces.
Since announcing her pregnancy last Halloween over Twitter, Simpson posed nude for the cover of Elle magazine, shared her cravings like salted cantaloupe and pop tarts and joked about her excess of amniotic fluid on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Maxwell is the first child for 31-year-old Simpson and her 32-year-old fiance, Eric Johnson, a former NFL player.
The name is a tribute to the couple's families: Maxwell is Johnson's middle name and the maiden name of his mother, and Drew is Simpson's mother's maiden name.
"We are so grateful for all of the love, support and prayers we have received," Simpson said in a statement on her website.
Simpson had come in for some ribbing about her seemingly endless pregnancy. She kept up public appearances, including on NBC's "Fashion Star," and used Twitter to send pregnancy updates, such as her dream of wearing a leopard caftan in the hospital.
-- From News and wire services