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October 15, 2004

Cops clock Clapton doing 134 in France


DIJON, France (AP) - Eric Clapton won't be driving in France for a while. Police said they clocked the rock star speeding down a highway at 134 mph and suspended his license.

Radar caught Clapton whizzing down a highway Tuesday in his Porsche 911 Turbo at 53 mph above the speed limit, police said. He was stopped near the town of Merceuil, south of Beaune, near Dijon and some 190 miles east of Paris.

Police confiscated Clapton's British driver's license, suspending his right to drive in France.

Clapton, 59, took the bad news well, agreeing to a photo session with police.

After paying a $922 fine, he then rolled away in his Porsche - this time in the passenger seat with his secretary behind the wheel, police said Thursday.




Spears says she wants to start family


BERLIN (AP) - Britney Spears, newly married to dancer Kevin Federline, says she would like to take his last name and wants to start a family next year, a German magazine reported.

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"Britney Federline. I like that," Bunte quoted the 22-year-old "Oops! ... I Did It Again" singer as saying.

Spears said she would like to have a child, but still needed to get some business affairs sorted out beforehand, according to this week's Bunte.

"Next year, when I'm 23, I'll be ready," she was quoted as saying. But she intends to continue her music career, according to the interview.

Spears last week finalized her marriage to Federline, three weeks after a hush-hush ceremony that was her second wedding of the year.




Martin, manager reach deal on suits


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Pop star Ricky Martin and his former manager have reached a confidential settlement to end months of legal battles in which they sued each other for breach of contract and financial debts.

Martin and former manager Angelo Medina hugged each other during a news conference that followed San Juan Superior Judge Oscar Davila's announcement of the agreement Wednesday. Davila prohibited both sides from releasing details of the settlement.

Martin had filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Medina, claiming the former manager didn't provide services for which he had received advance payment.

Medina responded with a $63.6 million lawsuit, accusing Martin of failing to live up to terms agreed upon when they ended their contract in September 2003. Medina claimed he was supposed to continue managing Martin's career in Puerto Rico but not internationally. Instead, Martin broke all ties.

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