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'Da Vinci Code' trial winds down

Heated verbal exchanges erupted yesterday in the closing stages of the ''Da Vinci Code" copyright court case, in which two historians are accusing author Dan Brown of lifting their research in his bestseller. Richard Leigh took the witness box after more than three days of cross-examination of co-claimant Michael Baigent, enlivening proceedings and saying all he had wanted was acknowledgment from Brown in his novel. Leigh and Baigent, coauthors of the 1982 historical work ''Holy Blood, Holy Grail," say Brown copied their central themes. Brown, 41, is expected to testify Monday.

A new reality for a bin Laden
Osama bin Laden's niece, an aspiring singer who posed for GQ magazine last year, has signed up for a reality television show about her life and her ''quest for stardom." Wafah Dufour bin Laden, whose mother was married to the Al Qaeda leader's half-brother, was born in California and lived in Saudi Arabia from age 3 to 10. ''I understand that when people hear my last name, they have preconceived notions, but I was born an American and I love my country," Dufour said in announcing the TV deal. Dufour has dropped the ''bin Laden" and now goes by the name Wafah Dufour.

Garrett must stay in drug rehab
Leif Garrett, 44, was ordered to remain in a strict live-in drug rehabilitation program in Pasadena, Calif., for another month, despite telling a judge he was ''going down the right path" after spending 42 days there. The former teen idol asked a Superior Court commissioner for permission to return to an outpatient program so he could be with his mother, who is ill. Garrett agreed to enter the program for violating probation in a cocaine case stemming from a 2004 arrest.

Ferrigno sues brother over 'Hulk' image
Lou Ferrigno is suing his brother over trademark rights to a fitness equipment store in New Jersey. Ferrigno, who played the Incredible Hulk on TV, is suing Andrew Ferrigno and his wife, Janie, and their business, Ferrigno Fitness, claiming they are unlawfully trading on his name and image.

On beauty
'I love beautiful things and beautiful fashion. I like clothes that are beautifully cut that aren't too fussy.' Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, the new face of Burberry's ad campaign for the new fragrance London.


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