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November 27, 2004

Break-in reported at Michael's home


LONDON (AP) - British police were searching for a woman suspected of breaking into the home of pop star George Michael.

Police said this week they were called to the 41-year-old singer's house in London's tony Hampstead neighborhood on Nov. 4 after reports of a break-in. The intruder had gone by the time they arrived.

In a similar incident on Oct. 27, a 28-year-old woman was found inside the mansion with a book from the house, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police said Michael "did not wish to pursue the burglary matter, but reported harassment from the same woman."

The suspect was given a warning and released, police said. She was arrested again near the house later the same day, given an official warning for harassment and released.

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Former Wham! star Michael recently claimed a female fan had hidden under the floorboards of his house for four days last year.

Roberts promotes films on phone


TORONTO (AP) - A pregnant Julia Roberts was confined to bed last month after experiencing a series of early contractions.

So with two films coming out in early December - Mike Nichols' "Closer" and "Ocean's Twelve," the Steven Soderbergh-directed sequel to 2001's star-studded heist caper - Roberts is conducting phone interviews while contemplating her pregnancy.

The 37-year-old actress is expecting twins - a boy and a girl - in early January. Her doctors advised bed rest until her due date.

"I'm enormous," she says. "Let me tell you something, my babies weigh 6 pounds each. That's 12 pounds of just baby in me right now and I still have miles to go before I sleep with them. They're bionic. It's pretty amazing."

"Closer" is a romantic drama about two couples played by Roberts, Clive Owen, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. The movie contains some explicit sexual language.

"It becomes about the emotion and not about bad words or hard words to say or raunchiness or shock value or anything else," Roberts said. "It becomes about two people in this house whose lives are kind of falling apart. Then it's like afterward when you're able to have a coherent thought that you go, 'I can't believe that I just said all of those bad words."'

Guitar returned to Poison star


PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - A custom-made guitar owned by former Poison lead singer Bret Michaels resurfaced a week after it was stolen during an Indiana concert.

The guitar, worth about $3,000, was returned to staff at WLUP 97.9 FM in Chicago late last week, the Post-Tribune of Merrillville reported Tuesday.

The red-and-white Holden six-string electric guitar with a picture of a skull wearing a top hat was taken Nov. 12 after a concert at a bar in South Haven.

Someone anonymously delivered the guitar to a Chicago nightclub where the radio station was to host a promotional event last Thursday, according to WLUP's Web site.

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