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Swift goes global

November 24, 2010

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Taylor Swift will take her record-breaking album, “Speak Now,’’ on the road next year, starting in February and continuing through October 2011. The “Speak Now’’ World Tour will take Swift to 19 countries before coming to the United States on May 27 in Omaha. Swift’s 2009-10 “Fearless’’ World Tour, which spanned 15 months, grossed almost $64 million according to Billboard Boxscore statistics. The singer will perform at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough June 25 and in Hartford on June 22. (

Actor risks life for cause
Leonardo DiCaprio braved scary skies to get to a summit devoted to saving the world’s tigers, donating $1 million to the cause and earning high praise from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The Hollywood star arrived in St. Petersburg yesterday after two flight dramas, Putin said, just managing to make the meeting where officials from the 13 countries agreed to a program to save the big cats from extinction. DiCaprio was one of more than 200 people aboard a Moscow-bound Delta airlines flight that had to return to New York’s Kennedy airport Sunday when other pilots reported seeing a flash in one engine of the departing plane. (AP)

Spears mom loses appeal
A California appeals court rejected a bid yesterday by Britney Spears’s mother to have a defamation claim by the singer’s former manager and confidante thrown out. A three-member panel of the Second District Court of Appeal refused to rule that plaintiff Sam Lutfi had such a tarnished image that he could not sue for defamation. Lutfi sued Lynne Spears and her daughter for libel and defamation in February 2009, claiming he had been falsely accused of controlling the singer and grinding pills into her food. (AP)

Simon says
“I always said it had to be someone who wasn’t better looking than me and they achieved it.“ — Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, ribbing new judge Steven Tyler at the International Emmy Awards in New York this week.