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Dan Rather out at CBS?

Dan Rather, who has been working at ``60 Minutes" since leaving as ``CBS Evening News" anchor last year, apparently is in his final days at CBS News. CBS executives and Rather's representatives appear close to a deal that will end Rather's association with CBS News after more than 40 years, according to an executive knowledgeable about the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday. Rather, 74, told The Philadelphia Inquirer he has had no conversations about continuing at ``60 Minutes" beyond the television season that ended last month. Another story published yesterday in The Washington Post quotes CBS executives who declined to be identified that network bosses have concluded there is no future role at CBS for Rather. CBS News president Sean McManus would not comment on the reports yesterday, a spokeswoman said. Rather did not immediately return a call to his office. Rather stepped down in March 2005 after 24 years as CBS's anchorman. He took much of the public blame for a discredited 2004 story that questioned President Bush's military service, an episode that clouded his final months on the job. CBS News seems eager to usher in a new generation at ``60 Minutes," where Katie Couric will start in the fall as a correspondent and CNN's Anderson Cooper will begin contributing stories. Other new correspondents such as Lara Logan and Scott Pelley are also competing for airtime there. Meanwhile, veteran ``60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley has signed a contract to continue with the broadcast, according to industry executives who spoke on condition of anonymity. There had been public reports of hard-nosed negotiations between CBS News and Bradley, who inherited Mike Wallace's spot as the first correspondent to identify himself following the ticking stopwatch at each show's opening. Bradley did not immediately return a call for comment.

After one month, Lynch's marriage ends
After a month of marriage, director David Lynch has filed for divorce from the mother of his 14-year-old son. Lynch cited irreconcilable differences for the split with film editor and producer Mary Sweeney, according to court papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The pair has worked together for years on films Lynch directed, including ``Blue Velvet," ``Wild at Heart," ``Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," and ``Mulholland Dr ive ." Court documents indicated Lynch and Sweeney (above) have a marital settlement agreement. Lynch, 60, also has a grown son and daughter from two previous marriages.

`Maury & Connie' is canceled
Connie Chung and Maury Povich will have a little more free time after this weekend. The married couple's short-lived half-hour talk show, ``Weekends With Maury & Connie," will air its final edition tomorrow at 10 p.m., the network has confirmed. The weekly program, which premiered in January, returned Chung to the airwaves after her weeknight CNN series was canceled in 2003. This was the first time Chung and Povich had worked together on a national news program. But the venture never found an audience. The move comes just days after NBC News legal correspondent Dan Abrams was put in charge of MSNBC.

Glitter's appeal rejected
An appeals court has upheld the child molestation conviction and three-year prison sentence for former British glam rocker Gary Glitter. The court ``rejects the appeal of the accused and sentences him to three years in prison for obscene acts with children," said Judge Truong Vinh Thuy of the People's Supreme Court of Vietnam. Glitter, 62, was found guilty March 3 of committing obscene acts with girls ages 10 and 11 at his rented seaside villa in southern Vietnam. Standing before the judge yesterday, he shook his head several times as he listened to a court translator during the 40-minute reading of the court's decision. ``There was no defense allowed!" he screamed to reporters as he left the courthouse. ``I didn't do anything!" he said and yelled an obscenity at journalists before he was driven away in a military-green police truck. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was accused of kissing, fondling , and ``engaging in other physical acts" with the girls.

Farina lands new gig on `Grand'
It didn't take Dennis Farina (right) long to nab a new role after leaving ``Law & Order" last month. Farina is set to join the ensemble cast of ``The Grand," which includes Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, Ray Romano, and Jason Alexander. The film, set against a poker tournament in Las Vegas, begins shooting there in July.

Moss is off the hook
British prosecutors said they will not charge Kate Moss (below) on allegations of cocaine use in a west London music studio last year. The Daily Mirror published pictures in September of the 32-year-old supermodel apparently using cocaine in a studio where her then-boyfriend, Pete Doherty, was recording with his group Babyshambles. Yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service said there was ``insufficient evidence" to charge Moss. Rene Barclay, the CPS's London director of serious casework, said there was an ``absolutely clear indication" that Moss had been using an illegal substance. ``However, in the absence of any forensic evidence, or direct eyewitness evidence about the substance in question, its precise nature could not be established," he said. A spokeswoman for Moss declined to comment.

Bright remark
'Peter, are you going to ask that question with shades on? . . . I'm interested in the shade look. Seriously. For the viewers, there's no sun.' President Bush, admonishing Los Angeles Times' Peter Wallsten -- who has a disease that causes progressive vision loss -- for wearing sunglasses while asking a question. Bush later apologized to Wallsten.


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