Woods divorce final

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August 24, 2010

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Woods divorce final

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren officially divorced yesterday in Panama City, Fla., nine months after his middle-of-the night car crash outside his home set off revelations that the world’s most famous athlete had been cheating on his wife. “We are sad that our marriage is over, and we wish each other the very best for the future,’’ Woods and Nordegren said in a joint statement released by their lawyers. The couple, who married in 2004, have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 19-month-old son, Charlie. Terms of the divorce were not disclosed, except that they will “share parenting’’ of their two children. “While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us,’’ they said in the statement. (AP)

Art theft inquiry

Egypt’s top prosecutor has ordered a four-day detention of the deputy culture minister over the theft of a Vincent van Gogh painting, according to the state news agency. Thieves made off with the canvas, known by the titles of “Poppy Flowers’’ and “Vase with Flowers,’’ Saturday from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo. None of the museum’s alarms and only seven of 43 surveillance cameras were working at the time of the robbery. General Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud yesterday ordered the four-day detention of Deputy Culture Minister Mohsen Shalaan, along with four security guards. He accused them of neglect and professional delinquency. (AP)

Smith was ‘happy’

Jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug trial were shown a video yesterday in which the former model denies being on drugs during a performance on a TV awards show in 2004. Defense attorney Steve Sadow presented the video during a brief cross-examination of Larry Birkhead, the father of Smith’s daughter. Birkhead made the video with Smith four days after the American Music Awards show in which her slurred speech raised questions about whether she was under the influence. “People thought I was drunk, on drugs, losing it,’’ Smith said on the video. “I’m not losing it, America. I’m fine, happy.’’ (AP)

Jackson hearing set

A preliminary hearing where prosecutors will lay out some of the evidence against a doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death will begin Jan. 4 in Los Angeles, a judge said yesterday. After the hearing, which is expected to last at least two weeks, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will determine whether there is enough evidence to order cardiologist Conrad Murray to stand trial. Murray, 57, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson in June 2009 at the age of 50. Authorities have accused Murray of administering a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson in the bedroom of the singer’s rented mansion. (AP)

Gaga all a-Twitter
Lady Gaga has surpassed Britney Spears as the most followed person on Twitter, with more than 5.7 million followers. In a video posted on YouTube, Gaga thanked her fans for beginning “my reign as Twitter queen.’’ Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres, and an account run by President Obama’s political organization, Organizing for America, each have more than 5 million followers. (AP)