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Hit-and-run kills actor

Police are searching for a motorist who drove off after fatally hitting a veteran stage and film actor as he crossed a Manhattan street. Allan Stevenson, 89, was killed at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday while walking across First Avenue about a block from his home. Neighbors say he was out getting a cup of coffee. Stevenson's stage career included minor roles in "Do Re Mi," "Small War on Murray Hill," and "Anne of the Thousand Days." In film, he appeared in "Murder by Phone" and "Age of Innocence." (AP)

Diddy's 80-proof deal
Just five years ago, Sean "Diddy" Combs asked Busta Rhymes to "pass the Courvoisier." These days, it's all about the vodka. The 37-year-old hip-hop mogul has signed a multiyear deal to develop the Ciroc vodka brand, one of Diageo PLC's superpremium lines, for a 50-50 share in the profits. Diageo said the agreement could be worth more than $100 million for Combs over the course of the deal, depending on how well the brand performs. (AP)

'My life has changed'
Pete Doherty was released yesterday from a drug-treatment order, ending 18 months of court supervision. Judge Jane McIvor said she's been assured the treatment plan already in place for the rocker, 28, would continue. Outside court in London, Doherty told reporters he intends to stay free of drugs. "It's just the beginning, you know what I mean. My life has changed," said Doherty, lead singer of Babyshambles. Doherty, best known as the off-on boyfriend of Kate Moss, has admitted to possessing crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and ketamine, as well as two driving offenses. (AP)

And the cradle will rock
"I'm totally fine with it now 'cause it is what it is. There's no use dwelling on it or whining about it." Michael Anthony, Van Halen's original bassist, on his ouster from the rock group in favor of Eddie Van Halen's bass-playing son, Wolfgang.

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