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Newman says he's done with acting

Paul Newman says he's given up acting. "I'm not able to work anymore as an actor at the level I would want to," Newman, 82, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday. "You start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention. So that's pretty much a closed book for me." Newman, star of films such as "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke," and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," won an Oscar for his leading role in 1986's "The Color of Money."(AP)

No charges for O'Neal in gun incident
Prosecutors decided on Friday not to file charges against actor Ryan O'Neal over an altercation with his son in February that ended in gunfire and the movie star's arrest. The 66-year-old actor was arrested on Feb. 3 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm at his home during a fight with Griffin O'Neal that left his son's pregnant girlfriend, Joanna Berry, injured. (Reuters)

Last 'View' of O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at "The View." ABC said yesterday. O'Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract at the daytime chatfest following her angry confrontation with co host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday. O'Donnell was scheduled to leave in mid-June. It ended a colorful eight-month tenure for O'Donnell that lifted the show's ratings but no doubt caused heartburn for show creator Barbara Walters. O'Donnell feuded with Donald Trump and frequently had snippy exchanges with the more conservative Hasselbeck. O'Donnell said last month she would be leaving because she could not agree to a new contract with ABC executives. "Rosie contributed to one of our most exciting and successful years at 'The View,' " Walters said. "I am most appreciative. Our close and affectionate relationship will not change." In a statement, O'Donnell said that "it's been an amazing year and I love all three women." Presumably, that includes Hasselbeck. (AP)

Crowing about kids
Sheryl Crow says she thinks her infant son, Wyatt, will be the first in a "whole troop" of children in her life. "I've always wanted to adopt. Even if I'd had my own kids, I would have adopted," she tells OK! magazine. "I love the idea of adopting. I always thought I had an immense amount of love to give." Crow, 45, underwent breast cancer surgery in February 2006, the same month that she and cycling champ Lance Armstrong announced they had broken off their engagement. (AP)

'Extreme Makeover' host gets probation
Ty Pennington, 42, host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," pleaded no contest Friday in a misdemeanor drunken driving case. A judge placed Pennington on three years' probation, restricted his driving privileges for 90 days and ordered him to participate in a 90-day alcohol program and attend a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers meeting. (AP)

Borat ventures into travel writing
Fictional Kazakh television reporter Borat Sagdiyev, who made movie audiences laugh and cringe as he toured the United States, is going into print with a book of travel advice. Borat, the creation of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, has signed a deal with Flying Dolphin Press, an imprint of Random House Inc.'s Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group. (Reuters)