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November 29, 2004

Julia Roberts gives birth to twins


LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a girl - and a boy - for actress Julia Roberts and her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder.

Roberts gave birth to twins Hazel Patricia Moder and Phinnaeus Walter Moder on Sunday morning at a Southern California hospital, publicist Marcy Engelman said Sunday.

Roberts, 37, was confined to bed last month after experiencing a series of early contractions and wasn't due until early January. Engelman said Sunday in a phone interview that "mother and babies are doing great," but didn't release the twins' weights or other details.

Roberts, who skyrocketed to fame with "Pretty Woman" in 1990, has 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.

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Roberts married Moder in July 2002 at her home in Taos, N.M. The twins are the first children for Roberts, who won the best actress Oscar in 2001 for "Erin Brockovich."




Nun enjoys prison meals with Stewart


DENVER (AP) - The food at the Federal Corrections Camp in Alderson, W.Va., apparently is nothing to write home about - unless one is eating it with Martha Stewart.

Roman Catholic nun Carol Gilbert, 57, who is serving time in the same prison as the famous homemaker, says she enjoys eating with Stewart, although the setting could be better.

"We're not talking about a tea party," Gilbert's attorney, Sue Tyburski, told the Rocky Mountain News for a story in Saturday's editions. "We're talking about a big cafeteria setting with the terrible food."

Gilbert is serving 33 months on convictions of obstructing the national defense and damaging government property for her role in an anti-war protest at a missile silo in 2002.

Stewart was convicted on obstruction of justice in May and began serving her five-month sentence at the women's federal prison Oct. 8.

Stewart, 63, is getting "kid-glove" treatment from the guards, Tyburski said.

"She's in great demand for people to visit with at lunchtime," she said.

Gilbert seemed to confirm a rumor that Stewart is writing a book about her prison experience. Stewart's publicist did not immediately reply to an e-mail inquiry.




Obama pokes fun at Ill. GOP on talk show


NEW YORK (AP) - Democratic Sen.-elect Barack Obama poked fun at the Illinois Republican Party when he appeared as a guest on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

Obama told Letterman on Friday night's show that after Republican challenger Jack Ryan dropped out of the race in June, the state's GOP "couldn't find anyone out of the 12 million people in Illinois to run against me."

Instead, Illinois Republicans picked Alan Keyes, a conservative political commentator from Maryland, to replace Ryan on the November ballot.

Obama won 70 percent of the vote on Nov. 2 compared to 27 percent for Keyes.

Since arriving in Washington, D.C., Obama told Letterman he has had breakfast with Vice President Dick Cheney and President Bush's adviser Karl Rove, and has been spending time answering mail from Illinois residents.

Obama, who will be the fifth black U.S. senator in history, told Letterman he hoped his victory will help spur voters to elect more senators of different races.




Former Midnight Oil singer hospitalized


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Australian rock star-turned-lawmaker Peter Garrett was hospitalized after collapsing on a Sydney beach following a morning swim, authorities said.

Garrett, former lead singer of Midnight Oil, was taken by ambulance to Prince of Wales Hospital after collapsing on Maroubra beach in southern Sydney early Saturday.

He was discharged from the hospital Saturday evening, saying he would undergo further tests to determine why he had collapsed.

"It's good to be back on my feet again," he told reporters outside the hospital. "(There are) no obvious causes as to why this happened and we'll get some more tests and checks done next week."

Lifeguards came to Garrett's aid when he collapsed as he waded from the water where he had been body surfing.

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