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Anna Nicole's wedding not official?

Anna Nicole Smith's exchange of vows with her lawyer Howard K. Stern (inset) on a boat near Nassau was not actually a formal marriage and the ceremony is ``not legally binding," another of her attorneys said yesterday. The ceremony took place on a catamaran off Nassau 18 days after Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, died as he was visiting her in a Nassau hospital, where she had given birth to a girl. Stern says he is the father of Smith's baby. The couple ``exchanged vows before God" but did not obtain a marriage license, attorney Michael Scott said in an interview. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist hired by Smith, said her son died from a lethal combination of two antidepressants and methadone. Authorities in the Bahamas were awaiting their own toxicology results and a police report.

Jackson settles custody battle
Michael Jackson and his ex-wife, Deborah Rowe, have settled their lengthy legal battle over custody and visitation rights for their two children, her lawyer said yesterday. ``We're still dealing with the details, but it addresses all of the disputes between the parties," said attorney Marta Almli. She declined to give details on whether the settlement involves monetary payments to Rowe and visitation rights with the children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince Michael, and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson .

Segregation effort doesn't survive
All the hubbub about the ``Survivor" ethnic experiment turned out to be pretty worthless. After only two episodes, producers merged the black, white, Asian, and Latino tribes into two mixed-race gangs on the CBS reality show Thursday night. No explanation was given for the quick abandonment of segregation; it seemed to pass by so quickly as to mean nothing. ``We're back to America. We're a melting pot," said Parvati, a boxer i n the new Raro tribe. ``I love it." The segregation experiment had drawn criticism even before the first episode aired, saying the show promoted divisiveness.

SCARLETT’S ANATOMY
"'What about my brain? What about my heart? What about my kidneys and my gallbladder?"
Actress Scarlett Johansson, talking about her sex appeal to Esquire magazine, which proclaims her the ``Sexiest Woman Alive" in its November issue

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