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In brief: George admits split with Goss

George Michael has admitted he and Kenny Goss have broken up -- months after denying rumours of a split.

The star told fans at the start of his latest tour that in "truth" he and Goss had not been together for two and a half years.

He said his love life has been a lot more turbulent than he has admitted publicly.

The disclosure comes after Michael went on live TV in March to say rumours of a split were "lies". "I'm so sad about my relationship with Kenny," he added.

US braced for new hurricane

Hurricane Irene has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane after sweeping north of the Dominican Republic.

It could hit the south-east United States as a larger and more powerful storm during the weekend, forecasters said.

The US National Hurricane Center's five-day forecast showed the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season swinging parallel to Florida's east coast on Thursday for a possible landfall in North or South Carolina on Saturday.

New baby on way for Affleck

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's family is growing -- the couple are expecting their third child.

A one-sentence statement said the actors were "thrilled" to have another baby on the way.

The couple have two daughters, five-year-old Violet and two-year-old Seraphina Elizabeth Rose Affleck.

Affleck and Garner, both 39, were married in 2005.

Presley's song writer dies (78)

Rock 'n' roll songwriter Jerry Leiber, who wrote lyrics for Elvis Presley's Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock, has died at the age of 78.

With Leiber as lyricist and partner Mike Stoller as composer, the team churned out pop songs performed by such artists as Presley, the Coasters and Ben E King.

Their breakout hit was blues great Big Mama Thornton's 1953 rendition of Hound Dog. Presley's version hit number one in 1956.

Their songwriting took a more serious turn in 1969 with Peggy Lee's hit Is That All There Is?