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April 25, 2005

Spears' pregnancy no shock for actress


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The ex-girlfriend of Britney Spears' husband says she isn't surprised to hear that the pop singer is pregnant.

"Hey, it was bound to happen," actress Shar Jackson told MTV News last week in her first interview since Spears and Kevin Federline announced the pregnancy April 12. "It was a goal, and it was conquered, moving on."

Jackson, who appeared in the sitcom "Moesha" and the 2000 film "Love & Basketball," has two young children with Federline and said "he loves his kids to death."

Jackson said she is willing to let her kids have a relationship with Spears' child. "I mean, they're family, so if the other side of the family permits, then yeah," she said.

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Jackson, who is starting a cosmetics line with a lip gloss called "He Cheated," has accused Federline of being unfaithful, but said she doesn't bear him any ill will.

Free concert tickets being sold on eBay


LAS VEGAS (AP) - City officials are complaining that tickets given away for a concert featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer are being sold on the Internet.

"You get a couple of bums who take advantage of the situation, and what starts off as a very nice gesture ... turns into a sleazy methodology of trying to make a buck from it," Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said.

The July 2 show is a celebration marking the city's 100th anniversary.

About 35,000 free tickets were quickly snapped up when they became available online last week. Minutes later, traders began offering tickets on eBay at prices that ranged from $25 to $70 per ticket.

"It's so unfair because the centennial committee wanted to present this very special event available to everybody free of charge," Goodman said.

Officials said an additional 5,000 tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster on May 16, while 10,000 were being distributed to hotels.

Clark County and the city of Las Vegas forbid ticket scalping. Goodman said resellers may be prosecuted.

Chan visits Vietnam for AIDS awareness


HA LONG CITY, Vietnam (AP) - Action film star Jackie Chan visited this communist country for the first time as a United Nations goodwill ambassador, promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in a nation where health experts warn infection rates are on the verge of exploding.

Chan, 51, visited a communal health center as well as a support group session for family members caring for loved ones with HIV/AIDS in northern Quang Ninh province, which has some of Vietnam's highest infection rates.

As Chan strolled down the street in the small town last week wearing a blue UNICEF shirt with a red AIDS pin, children on bikes chased after him, calling out his name in Vietnamese and greeting him with "Chao Bac" or "Hello Uncle."

"Wear a helmet. You have to keep safe," he told them.

He stressed the importance of eliminating discrimination and social stigma attached to AIDS.

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